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Fritillaria pyrenaea obsoleto luteo colore/Fritillaria - Besler, Basilius (1561- - 1561. 
Artist: Besler Basilius (-1629) Nürnberg; issued in: Nürnberg ; date: 1613 1561 - - technic: Copper print ; colorit: colored ; condition: Right margin in the middle, missing part restored ; size in cm : 47 x 39 - description: Splendourful representation of 3 Fritillaria is a genus of about 100 to 130 species of bulbous plants in the family Liliaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, especially the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, and western North America. The name is derived from the Latin term for a dice-box (fritillus) and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of many species. Plants of the genus are known in English as fritillaries. Some North American species are called mission bells. 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 2013 was the 400 anniversary of the first edition! - Vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. [Attributes: First Edition]
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