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Florilegium amplissimum et selectissimum, quo non tantum varia diversorum florum praestantissimorum et numquam antea exhibitorum genera, sed et rarae quamplurimae Indcarum plantarum et radicum formaie ad vivum partibus duabus, quator etiam linguis afferuntur et delineantur.
Amsterdam Jannson -1614 1620 - 2 parts in 1 volume, folio (41.5 x 27 cm), engraved pictorial title (neat paper restoration to blank fore-margin and lower edge) dated 1620, printed title to second part dated 1614, 17 leaves of text, engraved portrait, 100 copper-engaved plates (plate 11 with fore-margin repaired), general light toning, old calf, rebacked preserving spine, red morocco lettering piece, lacks front free endpapers. Emanuel Sweert (1552–1612) was a Dutch painter and nurseryman noted for his publication in 1612 at Frankfurt-am-Main of the present work. Sweert was born at Zevenbergen and lived in a period when new plants from across the world were being introduced to Europe via Dutch, English and French ships. To meet the burgeoning interest in plants by the public, nurseries were being established by wealthy merchants in order to meet the demand. Botanical illustration suddenly found a new outlet in the production of nursery catalogues. Sweert prepared his Florilegium as a guide of his available stock for the Frankfurt Fair of 1612. The plates, depicting some 560 bulbs and flowers, were from the Johann Theodore de Bry Florilegium which in turn was based on that by Pierre Vallet. His attractively depicted bulbs sparked their popularity, leading to 6 editions of the work between 1612 and 1647, and a demand which would later result in "Tulipomania". At the time of the fair Sweert was in the employ of Emperor Rudolf II as head of his gardens in Vienna. He borrowed freely from plates that had been published before, so that many of those that appeared in the Florilegium had been cultivated in the gardens of King Henry IV of France at the Louvre. He died in Amsterdam. Nissen BB1 1912; Cf. Hunt 196 (first edition, with a final blank leaf at end of part 1, not present here). [Attributes: First Edition]
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