Jack Frost needs a calendar. It’s the first day of Spring, old man! Like the messy house guest that long overstays his welcome, yesterday he dropped a pile of late-March snow dung outside my door. Yeah, every cloud has…blah, blah, blah. I will ignore him for eventually he will blow away–and, instead–immerse myself in the Spring-infused illustrations of Nouveau Larousse Illustré Dictionnaire Universel Encyclopédique.
Oh, how the title alone carries me to a French Salon de Thé where I sip my afternoon tea and leisurely sift through the many pages of this 1898 edition and of those updated through the early 1900s. I will return to Larousse’s magnificent work another day, for there is much to discover, but the serveur has just brought my madeleines–so, for now–let’s enjoy some amazing original Spring illustrations.