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Mala Insana. [eggplant]. Poma Amoris. [tomato - SWEERT) Sweert, Emanuel - 1612. 
Frankfurt, Germany. Ca. 1612. - Engraving with handcolor, image 13 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches on sheet size 15 x 10 inches. Spot (approximately 1 inch) to mid right image, a few faint spots to outer margins, otherwise very good condition. From Emanuel Sweert's Florilegium, first issued in 1612, with five subsequent editions. "Emanuel Sweert, a Dutch florist, was at one time Praefectus of the gardens of the Emperor Rudolf II, and it was at his behest that the work was produced. Although it did not contain prices it also served as a catalogue of plants offered for sale by Sweert at the Frankfurt Fair." (de Belder catalogue). The intaglio processes of engraving and etching had only recently been applied to botanical illustration, allowing for a finer, more spontaneous line than the woodcut. This is a lovely image of an eggplant and tomato plant (at that time newly introduced to Europe from the Americas), and two other Solanum plants.
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