With only a few exceptions, the drawings in this book are by the Laotian artist Soun Vannithone. Most were specially commissioned for the present work, but a number of the drawings have been previously published in Bacon (1988); Cost (1990); Davidson (1979; 1981; 1988a); Hambro (1981); Owen (1986a); Schneider (1986); and Sing (1981).
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have been exceptionally helpful to me over a period of nearly 30 years in allowing me to use the admirable drawings of fish and other seafood published in their various catalogues. On this occasion they are the source of the drawings of the comber
and the flounder. The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, source of the drawing of the tautog, have been equally helpful for more than 20 years. The drawing of mauka was published in the valuable report on Lost Crops of the Incas (National Research Council, 1989), having been taken from a learned paper by