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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.
      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2014-10-10           Check availability:      Biblio    

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