News about Basilius Besler
Swann Galleries to sell J.W. Audubon painting Dec. 17
NEW YORK – Maps and atlases, natural history and color-plate books are on the auction block at Swann Galleries on Thursday, Dec. 17. The sale will feature a strong showing of world cartography, as well as a standout selection of historical prints and paintings of the natural sciences. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Go green with antique botanical illustrations
NEW YORK – Long before photography, botanical illustration flourished as a way to capture the beauty of plant species. The illustrations had to be highly detailed and accurate as they were used by doctors, pharmacists, gardeners and scientists for identification and classification.
Nature study: botanical prints
NEW YORK – Botany and medicine have been entwined since time immemorial. Because accurate descriptions of medicinal plants were essential for treatment, healers in ancient Egypt, India, China and Europe, for example, compiled handwritten herbals, collections of accumulated medical wisdom, along with plant names, descriptions and uses.
Quinn’s tracks beauty of ‘Natural World’ with Jan. 25 Prints Auction
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, January 25, the Waverly Rare Books & Prints division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present the first on two sales devoted to fine prints reflecting the natural world in its many forms, with Part II to follow in May.