The Book of Pears: The Definitive History and Guide to Over 500 Varieties
by Joan Morgan, PhD
This extraordinary and unique book is an indispensable and one-of-a-kind guide. It tells the story of the pear from its delightful taste and wonderful appearance to breeding and cultivation, following the fruit’s journey through history and around the world.
Beautifully illustrated with 40 watercolor paintings by Elisabeth Dowle, The Book of Pears is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the pear. Moving through centuries and cultures, Joan Morgan celebrates the pear’s long history as both a fresh and cooking fruit. She reveals the secrets of the pear as status symbol, some of the most celebrated fruit growers in history, and how the pear came to be so important as an international commodity.
The pear directory, which makes up the second half of the book, covers the world’s ancient and modern varieties, each with full tasting notes and historical, geographical, and horticultural detail.
The Book of Pears is available in our Research Collection [call number MH 126.4 M82], along with numerous other monographs of horticultural and botanical interest.