Besler, Basilius (1561-1629) 1) Epipactis Nangutisfloiis, (Wild Orchid) 2) Fraxinetta, 3) Aspbodelus Liliaceus (Daylily)


ID # F 3027
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Artist: Besler, Basilius

Title or Name: 1) Epipactis Nangutisfloiis, 2) Fraxinetta, 3) Aspbodelus Liliaceus

Plate Number: N/A

Publication: Hortis Eystettensis, First Edition

Date Published: 1613, Germany

Medium: Copperplate Engraving with early hand coloring

Paper: Laid

Condition of Artwork: Very Good, however, the artwork has been laid down

Matting: Hand decorated, double matted, and mounted with acid-free materials

Frame: 19th Century Antique

Condition of Frame: Excellent

Frame Size: 32-3/4″ x 28-3/4″ Matted Size: 26-3/4″ x 22-3/4″

Window Size: 19-3/4″ x 16-3/4″

Includes: Brief Artist Biography

ID #: F 3027

Prints from this publication are extremely rare and feature early hand coloring

Basilius Besler published the “Hortis Eysttensis” in Eichstatt, Germany, in 1613. It was the earliest large folio botanical and most celebrated Florilegium ever published, dedicated to Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. It was from the Prince’s remarkable botanical garden containing many exotic imports that many of the illustrations were inspired. Besler worked on the drawings for almost 16 years and supervised a team of at least 6 engravers. The work depicts over 1000 flowers on 374 copper-engraved plates, representing 667 species. This was a feat of publication, on a scale rarely attempted since. The massive size and elaborately produced copper-engraved plates certainly make this one of the most ambitious botanical publications in history, even pre-dating Linnaean classification. The first edition was published with two issues, one with descriptive text on the verso, and one without text, the latter being the deluxe copies. The deluxe copies, without any text, were meant to be colored. Only a few were colored at the time of publication, and even then we’re very expensive and hard to find. These prints are exquisitely done and are among the rarest botanical prints ever published.

Note: Please read item descriptions for an accurate condition report. Due to digital photography of glazed items, reflections may occur on the glass and appear as shadows and may cause distortion. Shades and coloring in artwork and/or mats can vary slightly from the actual color due to the light conditions under which the photos have been taken. Digital photography can at times cause straight lines in an image or on a mat can appear wavy or broken, particularly in close-ups.

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Rare Botanical Antique Engraving


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