Caryophyllus XII, Caryophyllus XIII; Camilla, Feu de Japan

Georg Dionysius Ehret

Published by Nuremberg, 1768
Condition: Fine No Binding
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The “Hortus Nitidissimis Omnem Per Annum Superbiens Floribus Sive Amoenissimorum Florum Imagines” was published between 1750 and 1786 as a periodical intended, when collected, to form an unmatched collection of botanical prints. The engravings are based on the drawings collected from various artists by the famous Nuremberg physician and amateur botanist Christopher Jacob Trew. Although the plates were produced using engraving techniques common to the period, each plate was completed individually through hand coloring. The variations in plates between different known volumes indicates that more than one artist was involved in this process. These variations render every volume of the work unique. Trew’s good friend Georg Dionysius Ehret, considered the most important and influential botanical artist of the mid-18th century, was a chief artist of this endeavor. Ehret was born to farmers in Heidelberg, Germany in 1708, and showed an early propensity for drawing. As a young man he was employed primarily as a gardener and he used his time spent gardening to examine and practice drawing botanicals and the natural world around him. Eventually his art attracted the attention of Dr. Trew who gave Ehret financial patronage and with whom he worked on the Hortus Nitidissimis as well as Plantae Selectae. These botanical engravings are considered the finest records of cultivated flowers of the time and are noted as being precisely engraved and exquisitely colored. This hand colored engraving, 20.25” x 14.25”, is in excellent condition with only a small stain on the bottom right corner. The two carnations stand beautifully side by side. They are handsomely colored in crimson with highlights of white and orange, rendering them almost life-like. Bookseller Inventory # bh0409e

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Title: Caryophyllus XII, Caryophyllus XIII; Camilla...

Publisher: Nuremberg

Publication Date: 1768

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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