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[BESLER, Basilius].

Martagon Imperiale Moschatum,

Caryophyllus minor sylvestris flore simplici & pleno (Türkenbund-Lilie, Gartennelke).

Stock Code
89500
[Nuremberg, 1713
£9,000

Magnificent plate from 'Hortus Eystettensis', one of the earliest and most famous works in the field - this one being the only double-page of the whole work. 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

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Copper engraving with fine hand-colouring, on 2 sheets, joined, framed and glazed, together c.120 x 50 cm. (47 x 20 in) inclusive.

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