Besler Botanic Print from Hortus Eystettensis 1713 Melilotus Germanica Flore Luteo (1 of 7)
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Besler Botanic Print from Hortus Eystettensis 1713 Melilotus Germanica Flore Luteo

Ref: Hea/Besler1 / LA111785

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Melilotus Germanica flore luteo, Galega flore cinereo, Galega flore albo. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. A magnificent plate from 'Hortus Eystettensis', one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers'.

It is one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copper-plates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour.

Published Nuremburg, 1713


Measurements

Height : 540 mm - 21.26 in

Width : 447 mm - 17.6 in

Declaration

Heatons has clarified that the Besler Botanic Print From Hortus Eystettensis Melilotus Germanica Flore Luteo, (Hea/Besler1 / LA111785) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1713.

Condition

Excellent no show through of type as is normally found a superior engraving in good colour with a few minor marks to verso

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Includes UK courier delivery as oversize. If non Uk ask as oversize for some countries unless specific shipping is used. Cheaper for more than one or on collection

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