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Fantastic 17th Century Images from Georgica Curiosa (1682)


Today’s post featured a fantastic series of vineyard and wine related images from Wolf Helmhardt von Hohberg’s Georgica Curiosa (1682).  This book first came to my attention through the post Noble Country Living.  Wolf Helmhardt von Hohberg published his multi-volume book as a guide to running a landed estate.  As such it contains information on accounting, medicine, animal husbandry, forestry, and yes, viticulture and vinification.  This section is broad ranging covering planting, tending a young vineyard, making wine, and cellar work.  In this post I display the six images from this section.




Take a look at the strange towered platforms that appear in two of the images.  The first tower appears in the image above which is from Chapter 21 Wein  – Guter or Good Wine.  There appears to be a tent on top of the platform with two men looking out, one of which is pointing.  The chapter begins with a cryptic sentence in Spanish and German about not being good at guarding.  In the background is another tented tower that is tilted.  The final image features an empty platform perilously tilted as well.  If it weren’t for the first platform image and the ladder-like rungs I would think it similar to the Dutch nesting platforms for storks.  Were the men guarding the grape clusters from thieves or from hungry animals and birds?



Take a look at the image below.  Is the man beating the the barrel roller?  What do you think?  If anyone is curious to translate portions of this old German text please contact me.  I would love to learn more.


Hohberg, Wolf Helmhardt von. Georgica curiosa. 1682. URL: http://digital.ub.uni-duesseldorf.de/ihd/content/titleinfo/1452101

  1. Peter Morrell
    August 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

    A treat to view. Thank you. I will look for it when next I go to the NY Public Library.

  2. August 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Peter, I’ll be curious to read your thoughts on the book. Thanks for commenting,


  1. September 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

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