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BESLER, Basilius.

(A Group of Four Peonies)

Stock Code
96802
Nuremberg and Eichstatt.1640
£14,000

Plate size 50cm x 44 cm.

Magnificent plates 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, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden.

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Description

Four copper engraved plates with hand-colour. Framed and Glazed, Overall Size: 51.2 x 60.3 cm.

Bibliography

Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497

Stock ID:96802

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