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Details: BESLER, Basil (1561-1629). [Italian fritillary] Meleagris flos maximus Italicus; [Fritillary (guinea-hen flower)] Fritillaria flore pleno; [White Fritillary (guinea-hen flower)] Fritillaria Alba. Eichstatt: 1713, 3rd edition. Hand-coloured engraving. In excellent condition with the excepting of being trimmed within the platemark on the top margin. Bottom right hand corner is missing. Sheet size: 20 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches.

Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, 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. 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 had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done.

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Guinea-Hen Flower BASIL BESELER Hand Colored Engraving

Estimate $500 - $750Mar 19, 2017
The Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage
2085 Dryden Rd
Freeville, NY 13068
United States
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