5. Traité des arbres fruitiers (1768) by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau

Lena Lebedeva-Hooft
May 5, 2017 · 3 min read

Yes, sure, I am still thinking and reading — about apples. “If you want to read books (digital)…” — wrote the inspiration man in his e-mail — “…go2 and follow the links.”. Well, as many people who know me in person already know — I seldom go straight to the direction I am told to go, I prefer to find my own ways. For the time being it happens — I want to be concentrated (1) on Reinette Apples and (2) on our own fruit trees in our orchard plus the little new orchard that is planned to be planted by the duck decoy site.

And I am also reading my own way — sure I read also in Dutch, but would anybody follow it if I share the Dutch links? I doubt.

Meanwhile I think I found a real digital treasure (open-source) — both volumes of the book, that was one of the top ever sold ancient paper books — in the very readable digital version. Plus — I discovered for myself Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau — physician, naval engineer and botanist (and the latter obviously TOP).

Cherry from Holland, from http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/54134#page/288/mode/2up

Apples are in the 1st volume — if you press the link you go to the first page of the apple stories. Here. Great reading (though I prefer to google-translate from time to time and when easier just ask Jan Jaap; my French is really very limited — Dutch took over the limited RAM space).

Really cool to think back to the past of 300+ years ago: imagine, 1768, leap year to follow, James Cook just leaves the harbour for his major discovery voyage, Russia and Turkey (LOL back to history) in the war, with Alexander Suvorov in action and Crimean Khanate just installed… France is in the times of Louis XV. And here is the man, who writes a big overview of all fruit cultivars — that lives through the centuries and even gets the USD 5 mln value. No, it’s not about money, it’s about the footprint one makes in history.

Great two volumes (vol.1 starts here) were sold for USD 5.3 million in 2006 — one of the world most expensive books…

Extra cool then that the biodiversity library gives access to both digital volumes for free. Extra surprise: with 300+ years difference and my quite basic French — it is still easy readable.

Still reconsider that my perception of life changed from 1–04–2017.
Something I value.

Lena Lebedeva-Hooft

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Biologist / Ornithologist; Eng-Rus Interpreter & Translator; Blogger; Nature; Indigenous Peoples; NGOs; Russia & The Netherlands & Worldwide

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