Original Basilius Besler Floral Botanical engraving with period hand-coloring, circa 1615. Text on verso. Unframed.
Basilius Besler's magnificent engravings are ...
moreOriginal Basilius Besler Floral Botanical engraving with period hand-coloring, circa 1615. Text on verso. Unframed.
Basilius Besler's magnificent engravings are the first large-folio natural history botanicals. His work, Hortus Eystettensis (Garden of Eichstätt), is man's earliest documentation of a specific garden and is the oldest of all of the great botanicals. Over 1,000 varieties of flowers are depicted in the Hortus Eystettensis throughout 367 exquisitely engraved and colored plates. The Hortus Eystettensis is exceptional for many reasons. It was the first botanical in history to portray flowering plants as objects of beauty. It deviated from the non-esthetic and awkward representations of preceding publications which focused on herbal subjects and set the standard for all great flower books of the following centuries. less
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