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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


The Twelve Months of Fruits: February

2 February 2022

As the new year comes into sharp focus, we share another vision from The Twelve Months of Fruits (1732). We won't allow the pessimistic prognostications of Punxsutawney Phil to cast a pall over our ponderings of an early spring. We are eager to start gardening, and February offers more varieties of apples and pears to inspire our selection.

For biographical information about artist Pieter Casteels (1684–1749) and publisher Robert Furber (ca.1674–ca.1756), see our Flora Portrayed exhibition catalogue.

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About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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