Besler Hortus Eystettensis Prints 1613

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Nymphaea alba minor, Nymphaea lutea, alba minor
BES50
$1250
Sale Price: $895
Calendula lutea flore pleno, Calendula prolifera, lutea medioruffa
BES51
$1250
Sale Price: $895
Piper Indicum medium langum crestum,
Piper maximum rotundum erectum
Full margins not shown but intact with strong plate marks
BES54
$1950
Sale Price:
$
1150
Balsamina foemina, Mimndica fructu luteo ubescente,
Balsamina mas fructu puniceo
Full margins not shown but intact with strong plate marks
BES56
$1950
Sale Price:
$
1150
Viola flammea major violaceo mixta, Hyacinthus Serotinus maximus
BES11 Price $2150
Sale Price:
$1450
Erica minor flore albo, Lychnis Coronaria flore albo simplici
BES33 Price
$895
Sale Price:
$675
Heleborus, Hellebore
BES32A $1150
Sale Price: $795
Basilicum, Basil
BES33A $1150
Sale Price: $795
Buglossum Italicum flore albo, Buglossum semper virens Hispanicum latifolium
BES16 Price
$1250
Sale Price:
$
795
Pseudo struthium
BES35 $1150
Sale Price: $795
Melissa Moldavicaflo, Officinarum
BES22 Price
$1600
Sale Price:
SOLD
Abutilon Auicennae
BES23 Price $1600
Sale Price:
$925
Aconitum Lycocto num flore Delphinij
BES24 Price $1600
Sale Price:
SOLD
Pulgeium aquaticum spicatum, Mentha Crispa, Vrtica Romana
BES25 Price
$950
Sale Price:
$625
Horminum Syriacum, H. hortense
BES26 Price $1150
Sale Price:
$795
Filipendula vulgaris, Christophoriana
BES27 Price
$950
Sale Price:
$675
Consolida Saracenica, Virga aurea, Lysimachia lutea
BES28 Price
$795
Sale Price:
$675
Hyosciamus albus, Hyosciamus vulgaris
BES29 Price
$1550
Sale Price:
$725
Alcea vulgaris, Alcea Fruticans, Please note this print 19 3/4, by 16 1/4, margins tight
BES30 Price $1550
Sale Price:
$625
Antihirrinum flore albo oris ubentibus, Anthirrinum flore albo oris rubris
Please note this print 20 1/4, by 16 1/2, margins small
BES31 Price $1950
Sale Price:
$
1150
Primula Veris Anglicana flore pleno, Hippoglossum
BES34 $1950
Sale Price:
$
1150
Pyrethrum officinarum & Cotyledon minus
BES35 Price $1150
Sale Price:
$795
Nepetella, Nepeta Germanica, Menta Felina
BES38 Price
$795
Sale Price:
$495
Calamintha montana vulgaris, Calamintha montana praestantior
BES37 Price
$950
Sale Price:
$675

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Besler Hortus Eystettensis Prints 1613

Basilius Besler was the botanist apothecary who produce this superb work, the Hortus Eystettensis, published in Eichstatt, Germany in 1613 under the patronage of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. It was from the prince's remarkable botanical garden that many of the illustrations came. This stunning garden was a lavish and costly creation containing many exotic imports from far flung parts, including American and Asia.

Besler worked on the drawings for almost sixteen years, supervising a team of at least six engravers. The work depicts over 1,000 flowers on 374 copper engraved plates, representing 667 species. The prince spent thee thousand florins for the work and sadly, was to die the year before publication, though he had seen most of the plates. His successor had little interest in horticulture and his garden soon fell into neglect.

It is a feat of publication on a scale rarely attempted since, and the two volumes of the work were so large it was reportedly transported in a wheel barrow. The massive size and elaborately produced copper engravings certainly make it one of the most ambitious botanical publications in the history of botanical illustration, even predating Linnaean classification.

Besler sometimes sacrificed botanical detail for decorative effect and the artistry of design and splendid compositions make this work beloved to the very present. Only a few copies were hand colored at the time of printing. Each print measures approximately 18 inches by 21 inches and is printed on the fine thick hand made paper of the time. The plate marks are strong and the coloring fine old coloring. There is little foxing & the condition is superb for the age of the plates. There is slight bleed through of the text from the verso, as is typical with this publication. It is not pronounced due to the thickness of the paper. These rare and beautiful illustrations make a wonderful addition to the collection of the botanical print enthusiast.

 

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