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WEINMANN, Johann Wilhelm
Agave Americana, Aloe Mucronato folio Americana major; N. 42
1737. Regensburg: H. Lentz and H.G. Neubauer. unbound. Botanical. Color mezzotint with hand coloring. Page measures 16.25" x 10.5". Lovely depiction of the agave plant together with an aloe in an urn from the four-volume study of flowers and plants, "Phytanthoza Iconographia" edited by Johann Weinmann between 1737 and 1745. Both accurate and beautiful, these prints were the first botanical color mezzotints, a revolutionary method that allowed for subtlety and detail. Weinmann (1683-1741) was a renowned pharmicist whose plant studies earned him scientific acclaim among botanists. He employed several botanical artists and engravers to assist with the project including Bartholomäus Seuter, Johann Ridinger, Johann Jakob Haid and most notably Georg Dionysus Ehret. Weinmann was the first to publish drawings by Ehret, but after a dispute over payment, gave him no credit. Ehret later became a dominant figure in the botanical world under the patronage of Dr. Jakob Trew. Scuff on lower right margin. Pin holes along left edge from original binding. In the tequila-producing regions of Mexico, agaves are called mezcales.
Vendeur: Argosy Book Store [United States]

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