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 Basilius Besler
Hortus Eystenttensis 1613

The Hortus Eystenttensis holds a special place in botanical history as the first great florilegium; it is without doubt one of the greatest flower books ever produced. It was conceived by Basilius Besler (1561-1629), a Nurembug apothecary and botanist, and commissioned by Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen as a horticultural record of the famous gardens of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. It was divided into four sections, one for each of the seasons, and was comprised almost entirely of ornamental plants. The Hortus Eystenttensis contained 367 copper engraved plates in Large or Imperial Folio size.  300 copies of the work were issued in the First Edition in both an uncolored basic version and in a hand colored luxury version, but due to the high cost of the luxury version, almost all of the 300 were uncolored. The work took 16 years to complete and employed a team of ten artists and engravers, the most important of those being Wolfgang Kilian.




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Hyacinths
Product ID: 12301

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"Hyacinthus Orientalis"

Dimensions: Imperial folio, 16" x 20 1/2" overall plate measurement.
Condition: Left and right margins trimmed close although there is still margin outside the plate line, otherwise very good condition.
Printing type:  Copperplate engraving, later hand coloring, 1613, Nuremberg.  Extremely Rare.
References: Nissen 158,  Blunt pp.95-97
Please Note:  Because the print is large, parts of the left and right margin are cut off approximately 1/4" on each side in the scan.

Please Note* This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print.
Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.
Price: $2240.00
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Lilac and Box Plants
Product ID: 26900

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"Syringa flore lacteo, Buxus, Syringa flore caeruleo."

Dimensions: Imperial folio, 17" x 21 1/2" overall plate measurement.
Condition: Browing around edges, few ink spots, few small tears in outer margin will mat out
otherwise very good condition.
Printing type:  Copperplate engraving, later hand coloring, 1613, Nuremberg.  Extremely Rare.
References: Nissen 158,  Blunt pp.95-97
Note: Original printing on verso shows faintly through print.

Please Note* This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print.
Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.
Price: $1495.00
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