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        Micro-palaeo phytologia formationis carboniferae. Iconographia et Dispositio Synoptica Plantularum microscopicarum omnium in venis Carbonis Formationis Carboniferae hucusque cognitarum. 2 Bde. in 1 Band. Erlangen, Krische und London, Quaritch 1884. Gr. 4°. VII, 79 S.; 2 Bl., 54 S., 1 Bl. mit 24 mont. Orig.- Mikrophotographien auf 2 Tafeln und zahlr. Darstellungen auf 107 vom Verfasser lithogr.Tafeln, mod. Lwd. mit aufgez. vorderen OUmschl.

      - Nissen, BBI 1613 - nicht in Poggendorff u. Heidtmann.- Einzige Ausgabe der frühen Publikationen mit Mikrophotographien.- Seltenes Dokument der Mikrostruktur von verschiedenen Kohlen und Gesteinen des Algologen u Paläontologen P. F. Reinsch (1836 -1914).- Die Mikrophotographien bez. mit "Dassler phot."- Einige Tafeln im Bug etwas wasserrandig, sonst gutes Exemplar.

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        L'ARCADIA IN BRENTA overo la Malinconia sbandita di?.

      Recaldini 1613 in - 24, pp. 408, leg. p. perg. coeva con tit. mss al d. Stemma araldico dell'A. inc. in xilogr. al front. Testa. e iniziali xilogr. Rara ediz. orig. della raccolta di novelle sul modello boccaccesco del Decamerone, ambientate sulle rive del Brenta, opera del veneziano Giovanni Sagredo (1617 - 1682) che si cela sotto il nome arcadico. I protagonisti delle novelle dame e cavalieri veneziani si dilettano in novelle, giochi di carte, scherzi talvolta licenziosi, proverbi, indovinelli: opera molto piacevole e garbata. Melzi I, p. 451. Piantanida 3300. Lieviss. alone sulle prime 10 carte, legg. rifiliato al margine sup., per il resto bell'esempl. [156]

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        Hortus Eystettensis, sive diligens et accurata omnium plantarum, florum, stirpium, et variis orbis terrae partibus, singulari studio collectarum, quae in celeberrimis viridariis Archem Episcopalem ibidem cingentibus, hoc tempore conspiciuntur, delineatio et ad vivum repraesentatio...

      [Nuremberg] 1613. Broadsheet (c. 57 x 47cm), with engraved title, engraved portrait with coat-of-arms of Besler, 4 engraved seasonal titles, and 367 engraved plates (one double); a few minor spots and some occasional faint marginal waterstains, a fine copy in seventeenth-century red morocco, gilt panels on sides, spines gilt with vellum labels, gilt edges. First edition of the most celebrated florilegium ever published. The Hortus Eystettensis is a magnificent pictorial record of the flowers growing in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, the Prince Bishop of Eichstätt. 'The importation of exotic species, the product of rapid colonial expansion and increased trade in the 16th century, enlarged the horticultural repertoire and fed a growing fashion for beautiful and exotic plants, confirmed by the appearance of printed florilegia at the beginning of the 17th century, of which the 'Hortus Eystettensis' is the outstanding example' (Watson and Raphael, 'The Camerarius florilegium')./'The garden of Eichstätt was started in 1596 by the Prince Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, who commissioned Camerarius to design and supervise its construction and planting. Upon Camerarius' death two years later in 1598, the work was carried on by his colleague the Nuremberg apothecary Basil Besler, who arranged to have the remainder of Camerarius' plants transferred to Eichstätt...Under [Besler's] direction the Prince Bishop's garden soon became the most famous in Germany, and in 1606 Besler began to produce a grand illustrated catalogue at the Bishop's expense. A team of ten artists and engravers, chief among whom was Wolfgang Kilian, drew the plants and carried out their engraving on copper, while Ludwig Jungermann (1572-1653), a botanist and Camerarius' nephew, wrote most of the descriptive text. The Hortus Eystettensis appeared in 1613, with 367 engraved plates, and was the most expensive, and most magnificent florilegium ever published, a fame it retains to this day' (idem)./The plates are arranged by seasons of the year, beginning with Spring. The four seasonal titles and 23 plates are signed by Johann Leypolt. The title and 6 plates are signed by Wolfgang Kilian, 7 plates by Servatius Raven, 6 each by Levin van Hulsen and Dominicus Custos (or Coster; the latter signed D.K.), 3 each by Robert Custos or Coster and Heinrich Ulrich, 2 each by Friedrich van Hulsen and 'G.H.' (possibly Georg Hortulanus), and 1 by Peter Isselburgh. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstätt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4. The plates survived and were used for a reissue sometime around 1642, and again in 1713. /In 1998 almost all the plates, 329 in total, including the title copperplate have been discovered during the reorganisation of the storage of artefacts in Vienna's Albertina Graphic Collection.//Collation: I: engraved title, engraved portrait with Besler's coat-of-arms, 3 ll dedication, 1 l 'ad lectorem', 1 l Belgian and Dutch privilege (without the French privilege), 'Verna' engraved seasonal title, 144 ll with 134 engravings, 7 ll index; 'Aestiva' engraved seasonal title, and 199 ll with 184 engravings, 8 ll index; 'Autumnalis' engraved seasonal title, 46 ll with 42 engravings, 3 ll index; 'Hyberna' engraved seasonal title, 8 ll with 7 engravings, 1 leaf index. This is the issue with the text printed on the versos of the plates. It is on unwatermarked paper. The portrait of Besler is accompanied by his coat-of-arms, two engraved plates on one leaf in fact; the portrait is sometimes found without the coat-of-arms.//Nissen BBI, 158; Pritzel 745; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 497; see Nicolas Barker, 'Hortus Eystettensis' The bishop's Garden and Besler's magnificent book, for a detailed history.

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        Portulaca Sativa, PL. 286

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Portulaca Sativa, PL. 286, measures 21.25" x 16.75" and is in very good condition with staining throughout and evidence of verso page text. Illustrated on this engraving are plants commonly known as Winter Savory, Purslane and Garden Savory. This engraving is expertly hand-colored with leaves and stems in rich shades of green, with delicate blue and yellow flowers. Extremely well detailed, this engraving also shows the root systems of these flowers. Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA Illustrissimi, & Reuerendiss. D.D. Roberti S.E.R. Card. Bellarmini, nunc primum ex Italico idiomate in Arabicum , iussu S.D.N. Pauli V Pont. Max. translata per Victorium Scialac Accurensem, et Garbielem Sionitam Edeniensem.

      Ex Typographia Sauariana, Romae 1613 - 8º, port.(escudo grab. en anverso, mancha hum. margen sup), 7h (divisa grab. en 7ª, rasgadura en 3ª, mancha hum. notable en 3-7), 171p con marco (rasgadura en p.1, tostadas en diverso grado, manchas de hum.). Pergamino, casi sin lomo, cortes pintados. "- Primera edición en árabe, impresa en los bellos y finos tipos de François Savary, y la primera en emplear caracteres Nastaliq en Europa. El catecismo de la "Dottrina cristiana breve" (1597) tuvo enorme difusión y se tradujo a más de 50 lenguas." 1613

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        Acorus cum suo iulo. Scordium. Chamaedrys".

      1613 - Kupferstich von Basilius Besler aus Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstätt ca. 1613, koloriert. Ca. 47 x 38 cm (H). In Goldleiste mit aquarelliertem Passepartout gerahmt. Prachtvolles Blatt aus dem "Hortus Eystettensis", dem großartigsten Werk botanischer Buchillustration des 17. Jahrhunderts mit Kalmus, Lauch- und Echten Gamander. Zu verdanken ist der Hortus dem kunstsinnigen Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, Bischof von Eichstätt (reg. 1594-1612), der seinen Regierungssitz in ein Fürstenschloss umbauen ließ, mit prächtigen Gärten darunter. Der Nürnberger Apotheker Basilius Besler (1561-1629) legte im Auftrag dazu eine botanische Prachtpublikation vor, den "Hortus Eystettensis", den Garten von Eichstätt. Erstmals 1613 erschienen zeigt das Werk auf 367 ganzseitigen Kupfertafeln insgesamt 1084 Pflanzen. Ob diese allerdings tatsächlich alle im fürstbischöflichen Garten auf Willibaldsburg gehalten wurden, ist nicht gesichert. In Goldleiste mit aquarelliertem Passepartout gerahmt.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Peter Fritzen]
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        Flos Cheyri maximus Eystettensis. Flos Cheyri simplex medicus".

      1613 - Kupferstich von Basilius Besler aus Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstätt ca. 1613, koloriert. Ca. 47 x 26 cm (H). Papier gleichmäßig gebräunt. Das rechte Drittel des Blattes fehlt, es wurde vermutlich wegen eines Papierschadens entfernt. Alt in reliefierter Goldleiste gerahmt. Prachtvolles Blatt aus dem "Hortus Eystettensis", dem großartigsten Werk botanischer Buchillustration des 17. Jahrhunderts mit zwei Darstellungen des Goldlack. Zu verdanken ist der Hortus dem kunstsinnigen Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, Bischof von Eichstätt (reg. 1594-1612), der seinen Regierungssitz in ein Fürstenschloss umbauen ließ, mit prächtigen Gärten darunter. Der Nürnberger Apotheker Basilius Besler (1561-1629) legte im Auftrag dazu eine botanische Prachtpublikation vor, den "Hortus Eystettensis", den Garten von Eichstätt. Erstmals 1613 erschienen zeigt das Werk auf 367 ganzseitigen Kupfertafeln insgesamt 1084 Pflanzen. Ob diese allerdings tatsächlich alle im fürstbischöflichen Garten auf Willibaldsburg gehalten wurden, ist nicht gesichert. Papier gleichmäßig gebräunt. Das rechte Drittel des Blattes fehlt, es wurde vermutlich wegen eines Papierschadens entfernt. Alt in reliefierter Goldleiste gerahmt.

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        Monachium Bavariae. Gesamtansicht (Plan) aus der Vogelschau

      Salzburg 1613 - Maillinger I, 280; Pfister II, 12; Lentner 1040; Slg. Proebst 1; Zettler, Alt-Münchner Bilderbuch, Nr. 2. - Die Radierung von Tobias Volckmer, einem Goldschmied aus Salzburg, gilt als der erste Münchner Stadtplan. Entstanden ist er 1613 auf der Grundlage einer Vermessung des Stadtgebiets zur Projektierung neuer Befestigungsanlagen kurz vor Beginn des Dreißigjährigen Kriegs. Der Plan bleibt die Basis für Stadtdarstellungen Münchens bis ins 18. Jahrhundert. - Aus der Sammlung des Kartographen Kaspar Gustav Wenng, mit dessen eigenhändigen Besitzvermerk um unteren weissen Rand N.1 Wenng . - In einwandfreier sauberer Erhaltung auf dem vollen Blatt Radierung von Tobias Volckmer , 327 x 480 mm Plattengr. / 375 x 535 mm Blattgröße [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Mandat für die Tiroler Stände.

      Innsbruck, 2. V. 1613.. Einblattdruck mit gedr. U. 1 S. Qu.-Imp.-Folio (388:526 mm). Mit papiergedecktem Siegel.. Aufruf nach dem Tod Kaiser Rudolfs II. an die Tiroler Stände, mit dem letzten Original-Lehensbrief zur anstehenden Neubelehnung zu erscheinen. - Maximilian III. von Vorderösterreich, genannt der "Deutschmeister", war 1593-95 Regent in Innerösterreich und anschließend in Tirol, wo er als konsequenter Anhänger der Gegenreformation auftrat. - Mit zwei Gegenzeichnungen; etwas angestaubt; kleine Einrissen in den Faltungen alt hinterlegt.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Fritillaria iuncifoliis [Fritillary with open flower]; Allium Ursinum [Ransoms]; Tulipa viridis coloris [Green tulip]

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Hand-coloured engraving.

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        ACTE NOTARIE DE LA CHANCELLERIE ROYALE.

      - Acte notarié de la chancellerie Royale concernant la cession pour six ans du "bail a ferme des fruictz et revenu du domaine" du Duché d'Alençon, à compter du 1er octobre 1613 au 1er octobre 1619, comportant notamment les signatures autographes de Concini (Maréchal d'Ancre) et de Marie de Médicis. Douze pages et demi sur quatre feuillets double (215 X 300) retenus ensemble par un cordon. IMPORTANT DOCUMENT NOTARIAL qui regroupe les signatures de CONCINO [Concini], Phelypeaux [Maître Jehan, sieur de Villesanain, conseiller et secrétaire du roi], J.[ehan]-J.[acques] de Mesmes [seigneur de Roissy, conseiller du roi], Arnauld [Isaac, conseiller d'état et intendant des finances], L.[ouis] Dolle [conseiller du roi], Bullion [Claude de, sieur de Bonelle, surintendant des finances sous Louis XIII], Marescot [Guillaume, conseiller du roi], Dangloix, Morlon, [Maître Alexandre] Duplex et Marie [de Médicis]. Le fait que Concini ait signé par son prénom montre la puissance dont il jouissait ainsi que son ambition royale depuis la disparition d'Henri IV (1610). Concino Concini (Florence, 1575 - Paris, 1617) était fils d'un notaire de Florence. Sa jeunesse fut déshonorée par tous les désordres ; ruiné par la débauche, il parvint à se faire recevoir comme gentilhomme dans la maison de Marie de Médicis et suivit en France cette princesse dont il épousa la femme de chambre et la favorite, Léonora Dori, dite Galigaï. La faveur dont jouissait sa femme auprès de la reine lui permit de faire une carrière rapide après la mort de Henry IV : marquis d'Ancre, maréchal de France, il exerça le pouvoir (1611) avec tyrannie et avidité. Devenu l'amant officiel de la reine, il se retrouva à la tête d'une fortune considérable : les vastes terres d'Ancre et de Lésigny, deux hôtels dans Paris, le bâton de Maréchal de France, la charge d'intendant de la maison de la reine, les gouvernements d'Amiens, Péronne, Roye, Montdidier, etc. Cette scandaleuse et prodigieuse fortune lui valut de solides inimitiés. Il se fit détester par la noblesse et les princes par son insolence et son ambition, du peuple par ses exactions et son despotisme, du jeune roi Louis XIII enfin par tous ces motifs et en même temps par l'avilissante tutelle qu'il prétendait faire peser sur lui. Mais le 24 avril 1617 toute cette puissance s'écroula. Conseillé par de Luynes qui n'avait de cesse de lui dépeindre Concini comme usurpateur de la puissance royale, Louis XIII ordonna son arrestation avec ordre de le tuer s'il résistait. Vitry, capitaine des gardes, dressa une embuscade et fit massacrer Concini au moment où il allait entrer au Louvre. Le cadavre de l'aventurier italien fut traîné par les rues, découpé en morceaux et brûlé devant la statue d'Henri IV (on l'accusait avec plus ou moins de vraisemblance d'avoir trempé dans le meurtre de ce roi). On prétend même qu'un furieux fit rôtir son coeur sur des charbons et le mangea publiquement. Sa femme fut condamnée à mort par le parlement et décapitée en place de Grève, où les deux parties de son corps furent livrées au bûcher et les cendres jetées au vent. Louis XIII remit alors l'autorité à son favori de Luynes et éloigna sa mère, Marie de Médicis, de la cour. BEAU DOCUMENT. La signature autographe de Concini est RARISSIME ; sa réunion avec celle de Marie de Médicis lui confère un caractère EXCEPTIONNEL. FINE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Sammelband mit drei Schriften zur Balneologie): Blondel, François: Thermarum aquis Granensium et Porcetanarum descriptio / Francisci Blondel. Congruorum quoque ac salubrium usuum balneationis (et) potationis elucidatio. Accedunt probæ thermarum aquisgranensium. Maastricht, Jacques Du Preys, 1685. 12 n.n. Bl., 208 S. 4 w. Bl., 6 n.n. Bl. Index. Mit 10 gestochenen Kupfertafeln. - II: Cottereau Du Clos, Samuel: Observationes super aquis mineralibus diversarum provinciarum Galliae, in academia scientiarum regia in anne 1670 & 1671 factae, et ejusdem dissertatio super principiis mixtorum naturalium habita anno 1677. Leiden, Pieter Vander Aa, 1685. 2 Bl. 204 S., 3 n.n. Bl., 1 w. Bl. Mit einem gestochenen Titelkupfer. - III: Lister, Martin: Novae

      0 - 8°. Pergamentband der Zeit mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel. I: Krivatsy 1392. - Wellcome II, 182. - Zweite lateinische Ausgabe der Monographie über die Bäder von Aachen und Burtscheid, geschrieben durch den Direktor der Bäder François Blondel (1613-1703), der massgeblich dazu beitrug, dass aus Aachen eine Bäderstadt wurde. Die Kupfertafeln zeigen neben den Quellen und Badeanstalten ein Porträt Karl des Grossen sowie verschiedene Ansichten Aachens und seiner Umgebung. - II: Krivatsy 2770. - Waller 2612. - Kurzer Badeführer über die französischen Bäder mit einem Verzeichnis der bekannten Bäder auf Seite 128-132 in französischer Sprache. - III: Krivatsy 7059. - Vgl. Waller 5939. - Wellcome II, 492 (unter Duclos). - Titelauflage des gleichzeitig in London erschienenen Führers zu den Bädern Englands und ihren Therapien. Beliebte Zusammenstellung von drei in ihrer Zeit verbreiteten Bäderschriften. Die Titel II und III wurden meist mit einer vorgebundenen Monographie eines Badeortes angeboten. Sprache: N Pergamentband der Zeit mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel.

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        Historia Medica Mirabili libri sex (.) notis illustrati et integro recentiorum observationum libro septimo completis, opera et studio Gregori Horsti.

      Iacobi Porsii, Francofurti ad Moenum, Iacobi Porsii, Typis Erasmi Kempfferi 1613 - Livre ancien (12) ff., 715 pp., (8) pp. d'index, marque d'imprimeur avec adresse au lecteur au verso du dernier feuillet imprimé, (2) ff bl. Seconde édition de l'ouvrage principal de Marcellus Donato, médecin mantouan, augmenté d'un 7e livre par Grégoire Horst. Donato y relate les cas les plus étranges qu'il lui a été donné d'observer, notamment dans le domaine de l'obstétrique, s'intéressant particulièrement aux phénomènes étranges : convulsion, épilepsie, miracles, manifestations surnaturelles. Horst, qui fut surnommé l'Esculape de l'Allemagne, poursuit ce propos par de nouvelles relations particulièrement centrées sur la force du psychisme : miracles inconnus de notre temps, effets admirables de l'imagination sur les femmes enceintes. Condition : Reliure de l'époque en plein vélin, tranches rougies, quelques feuillets brunis. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        New und vollkommen Kräuterbuch / Mit schönen / künstlichen unnd leblichen Figuren und Conterfeyten / allerhand vortrefflichster und fürnehmer so wol frembder / als einheymischer Gewächs / Kräuter / Blumen / Studen / Hecken und Bäumen. Das ander Theil. Beschrieben durch Nicolaum Braun. Jetzunder aber . Gemehret und verbessert Durch Casparum Bauhinum.

      Matthias Becker für Johann Dreutel und Johann Basszi, Frankfurt a.M. 1613 - Frankfurt a.M. Matthias Becker für Johann Dreutel und Johann Basszi 1613. Folio. 4 n.n. Bl., 844 S., 49 n.n. S.Register Mit ca. 1200 Holzschnitten im Text. Pergamentband der Zeit mit erneuertem Rücken mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel und späteren Schliessbändern. Nissen 1931. - Pritzel 9093. - Erste Ausgabe des zweiten Teils. Von Kaspar Bauhin im Umfang wesentlich erweitert und ergänzt. - Der aus Bergzabern stammende Jakob Theodor nahm die latinisierte Form seines Geburtsortes zum Namen. Er war Schüler von Hieronymus Bock. Die Illustrationen, meist Nachschnitte älterer Werke, wurden in mancherlei Hinsicht verbessert, "so dass es wohl wert wäre, Zeichner und Holzschneider zu kennen" (Nissen). Der erste Teil erschien nach 36-jähriger Vorarbeit und der zweite posthum nach dem Tode Tabernaemontanus 1590. "Tabernaemontanus hat die Ergebnisse einer grossen eigener Erfahrung verarbeitet, neben der Berücksitigung aller damals vorhandenen besseren Kräuterbücher, deren Autoren oft zitiert werden. Sein Buch berücksichtigt in erster Linie die praktisch medizinische Anwendung der Pflanzen und ist in dieser Beziehung ausserordentlich reichhaltig" (Schmid). - Papier an den Rändern durchgehend leicht gebräunt. Seite 808/09 ankoloriert. Gegen Ende mit schwachem Wasserrand. Der gestochene Titel bis in die Darstellung beschnitten. Einbandrücken fachgerecht ergänzt. Einbanddeckel fleckig. Angenehmes Exemplar. Sprache: Deutsch Pergamentband der Zeit mit erneuertem Rücken mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel und späteren Schliessbändern. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Daniel Thierstein]
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        Practica medica [.]. Additus est liber Responsorum et consulationum medicinalium [.].

      apud Trivisanum Bertolottum,, Venetiis, 1613 - In-folio (cm. 30), legatura coeva in p. pergamena floscia con antiche note ms. al piatto (lievi segni d'usura); pp.[32], 499, [5], 51, [1 b.]; [4], 48 in buono stato, capilettera testatine e finalini in xilografia, marca ai due frontespizi sempre in xilografia (pace e giustizia che si baciano); piccole gore marginali e e segni d'uso (alcune tracce di cera e note antiche). Edizione che porta in fine il celebre De Peste e a cui viene allegato per la prima volta l'inedito Responsorum, con proprio frontespizio.Opera del noto medico vicentino precursore della medicina moderna, «fra i più acuti e begli ingegni, anzi tra gli ornamenti più luminosi della nostra Patria (Vicenza)» [G. Thiene ed E. Pianezzola, introduzione alla traduzione del De Peste di D. Marrone, Antilia 2012]. Di notevole interesse farmaceutico, portante un ampio elenco di terapie (con relativi rimedi e composti farmaceutici, e le dosi per la loto preparazione). Buon esemplare assai genuino.

      [Bookseller: Gabriele Maspero Libri Antichi]
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        Ios. Iusti Scaligeri Iulii Caesaris a burden filii Opuscula Varia antehac non edita. Omnium catalogum post praefationem lector inveniet. Junto con De aequinoctiorum anticipatione diatriba. Nunc primum edita

      Parisiis / Lutetiae Parisiorum - Apud Hieronymum Drouart - 1610 / 1613 - 2 obras encuadernadas en un volumen en 4º, [4]+582+[4]+[8]+96 p. Buena encuadernación moderna en plena piel, levemente rozada, con nervios y ruedas en seco en lomo. Cada obra con portada propia, escudo de impresor en ambas. Algunos pasajes de la primera obra aparecen expurgados, lo cual se indica en portada con anotación manuscrita. Hijo de Julio César Escalígero, fue un erudito dedicado a la filología, la historia y la cronología. Papel algo tostado, pero buen estado general. Ilustraciones en el texto. Historia Numismática Astronomía

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        Flos Solis prolifer [Multiflorous sunflower]

      Eichstatt, 1613. A fine copy of one of the most spectacular images from the first edition of Besler's masterpiece - the greatest of the early flower books Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio-sized botanical work, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of his patron, Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, as his models. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants that were new to Europe were being shipped in from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Copper engraving, by Heinrich Ulrich. Text in Latin on verso. In excellent condition, apart from one small expert repair running from the right margin into a blank area of the plate.

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        Tulipa Serotina Polyanthos

      Nurenburg. , 1613. Plate 76. Size: 400 x 470 mm. Mounted size: 630 x 720 mm. Copperplate engraving. 17th century colour. Excellent condition. Large margins. Text on reverse. One of an extremely rare collection of botanicals from Basilius Besler's Hortus Eystettensis. Besler was a Nuremburg apothecary in charge of the elaborate garden of the Bishop Prince of Eisenstatt. The plates, illustrating more than a thousand flowers were arranged according to the seasons.When the book was published in 1613, it was the largest book ever printed, and the coloured versions of the prints sold for ten times the price of those sold in black and white. The seventeenth century colouring of our prints have a very interesting pedigree. They have been examined at length by Nicolas Barker, who concluded, 'I believe these plates to come from a copy coloured according the original exemplar (that is, before the use of written instructions), probably before the middle of the 17th century.' A fuller copy of Nicolas Barker's report is available upon request. A first edition. Published in 'Hortus Eystettensis'.

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        Lotus Urbana

      Eichstatt 1613 - 22 3/8" x 18 1/8" BESLER, Basil [1561-1629]. "Lotus Urbana." A selection from "Hortus Eystettensis." Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Eichstatt, 1613. Approximate paper size 22 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches. Basil Besler's great botanical work is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop's remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedicresource as the basis for the "Hortus Eystettensis," in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop's patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 374 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification, Besler's great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler's work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop's great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist's understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page.

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        Medium florew purpureo, Pl. 152

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Melocactos, Pl. 254, measures 22.25" x 17.75" and is in excellent condition with light staining. Illustrated on this engraving are flowers commonly known as Corn cockle, Dark blue Canterbury bells, White corn cockle. Expertly hand-colored, these flowers each have long, green stems and leaves with vibrantly colored pink, purple and white flowers. The dynamic shapes of the flowers illustrated on this engraving allows for the viewer to appreciate them from many angles, and shows the great skill of the artist. Also included on this engraving is parts of the root systems of the flowers, offering a scientific examination of these magnificent flowers. Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany . The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas . Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations.

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        Staphylodendron

      Eichstatt 1613 - 20" x 16" BESLER, Basil [1561-1629]. "Staphylodendron." A selection from "Hortus Eystettensis." Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Eichstatt, 1613. Approximate paper size 20 x 16 inches. Basil Besler's great botanical work is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop's remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedicresource as the basis for the "Hortus Eystettensis," in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop's patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 374 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification, Besler's great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler's work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop's great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist's understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page.

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        Ranunculus Afiaticusgrumosa radice flore pleno Sanguineo prolifero, Pl. 29

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Ranunculus Afiaticusgrumosa radice flore pleno Sanguineo prolifero, Pl. 29, measures 22.5" x 17.75" and is in very good condition with light staining throughout, tearing on the right edge and faint evidence of verso page text. Illustrated on this engraving are flowers commonly known as Double-flowered Persian buttercup, White Persian buttercup, Proliferous Persian buttercup, Persian buttercup with serrated petals and Variegated Persian buttercup each placed within their own area on the plate and labeled for distinction. Buttercups are herbaceous perennials and this engraving shows them expertly hand-colored with green stems and leaves and colorful flowers in shades of pink, crimson, orange and white. Also illustrated are their root systems, adding to thier scientific accuracy and beauty. Also Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations.

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        Scabiosa Alpina Centauroides

      Eichstatt: 1613 - Basil Besler (1561-1629) From Hortus Eystettensis Eichstatt: 1613 Hand-colored copperplate engraving (later color) 26 1/2” x 22” framed Basil Besler’s great botanical work is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the Hortus Eystettensis, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification, Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. These illustrations of various flowers are among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations. Each is in excellent condition, and would represent wonderful additions to any collection of European botanical art.

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        Ranunculus Afiaticusgrumosa radice flore pleno Sanguineo prolifero, Pl. 29

      Eichstatt, 1613 Basil Besler?s (1561-1629) great botanical work, ?Hortus Eystettensis? is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced.This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Ranunculus Afiaticusgrumosa radice flore pleno Sanguineo prolifero, Pl. 29, measures 22.5" x 17.75" and is in very good condition with light staining throughout, tearing on the right edge and faint evidence of verso page text. Illustrated on this engraving are flowers commonly known as Double-flowered Persian buttercup, White Persian buttercup, Proliferous Persian buttercup, Persian buttercup with serrated petals and Variegated Persian buttercup each placed within their own area on the plate and labeled for distinction. Buttercups are herbaceous perennials and this engraving shows them expertly hand-colored with green stems and leaves and colorful flowers in shades of pink, crimson, orange and white. Also illustrated are their root systems, adding to thier scientific accuracy and beauty.Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop?s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the ?Hortus Eystettensis?, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all.With the Bishop?s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler?s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries.Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler?s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop?s great garden.Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist?s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler?s illustrations.

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        Clematis caerulea Pannonica

      Eichstatt 1613 - 22 3/8" x 18 1/4" BESLER, Basil [1561-1629]. "Clematis caerulea Pannonica." A selection from "Hortus Eystettensis." Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Eichstatt, 1613. Approximate paper size 22 3/8 x 18 1/4 inches. Basil Besler's great botanical work is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop's remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedicresource as the basis for the "Hortus Eystettensis," in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop's patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 374 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification, Besler's great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler's work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop's great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist's understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page.

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        Iris latifolia violaceo colore maior; Iris latifolia vulgaris coerulea; Iris latifolia maior variegata [Tall bearded garden irises (flag irises)]

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Hand-coloured engraving.

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        Latininum flor lut., Pl. 275

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Ranunculus Latininum flor lut., Pl. 275, measures 22.5" x 18.25" and is excellent condition. Illustrated on this engraving are flowering plants commonly known as Fragrant jasmine, Acanthus and white jasmine. The acanthus, with its large and finely detailed green leaves and white and pink flowers is centrally located and fills the page. The two types of jasmine rest on either side and are also superbly colored with green stems and leaves and white and yellow flowers. Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations.

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        Caryophyll Plenussaete Rubescens

      Eichstatt 1613 - 22 3/8" x 18 1/8" BESLER, Basil [1561-1629]. "Caryophyll Plenussaete Rubescens." A selection from "Hortus Eystettensis." Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Eichstatt, 1613. Approximate paper size 22 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches. Basil Besler's great botanical work is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany. The Bishop's remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas. Besler used this encyclopedicresource as the basis for the "Hortus Eystettensis," in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop's patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 374 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification, Besler's great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler's work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop's great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist's understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page.

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        Melocactos, Pl. 254

      Eichstatt 1613 - Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Melocactos, Pl. 254, measures 22.25" x 18" and is in excellent condition with light foxing and evidence of verso page text. Illustrated on this engraving are flowers commonly known as Pink Maltese cross, Scarlet Maltese cross and White Maltese cross. Expertly hand-colored, these herbaceous perennial plants are different shapes and colored in greens and browns, with purple, cacti-like buds on the center plant. Maltese cross plants are commonly used in gardens as decoration and were sown in Monticello by Thomas Jefferson in 1807. Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany . The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas . Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations.

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