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Flos Solis maior [Sunflower]
Eichstatt 1713 - The best of the best: Besler chose this breathtaking image to start the summer section of his great work - to his age and every generation since, the sunflower represents the long easy days of high summer. This is botanical art at its pinnacle: the best image from the greatest botanical work from the pre-Linnaean era. Basil Besler originally published "Hortus Eystettensis," the earliest large folio 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 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 from medieval lore. 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 engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. 3rd edition. Hand-coloured engraving. In excellent condition with expert strengthening to left and lower margin.
      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
Last Found On: 2014-10-10           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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