The watermelon and cantaloupe prints are from a 17th-century hand-painted study from The Jardin du Roi Botanical Florilegium of Prince Eugène of Savoy Collection Paris c.1670
by artist Nicolás Robert 1614-1685
An illustration of a pandanus fruit and seeds of Guam and Micronesia by painter and explorer Louis Choris 1795-1828, from the 1820 book
Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde.
An illustration of a papaya fruit from a picture book for children published between 1790-1830. In 1790 Friedrich Justin Bertuch started his biggest book project ever.
Issued in 12 volumes it featured short articles illustrated throughout with vivid and detailed copperplate engravings, that were scientifically accurate and sophisticated in their composition and execution.
In total the book included 1185 pages showing over 6000 illustrations and it became the first encyclopaedic book about nature and earth worldwide.
An illustration of a moth, pupa and caterpillar on a banana flower by Painter and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian Graff 1647-1717.
The painting was from her voyage to Suriname and the illustrations from that trip were published in the 1726 book Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamen which detailed the insects and plants of Suriname.
These illustrations are reproduced using archival inks on acid free watercolor paper