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Florilegium Imperiale. Botanical Illustrations For Francis I of Austria.

Lack, H. Walter.

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ISBN 10: 3791334921 / ISBN 13: 9783791334929
Published by Munich: Prestel., 2006
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4to. 336 pp., Illustrated Cloth Inside Slipcase, In Publisher's Shrink Wrap, New. Illustrations. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 15-7292

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Title: Florilegium Imperiale. Botanical ...

Publisher: Munich: Prestel.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Florilegium Imperialis: The Floral Watercolors of Francis I of Austria

H. Walter Lack

Now available for the first time in book form, this collection of exquisitely rendered flowers presents one of the world’s great collections of botanical illustrations in a deluxe format.

Francis I of Austria, the last monarch to rule over the Holy Roman Empire, was also obsessed with flowers. His Imperial Gardens, where he realized his passion for flowers, remain one of Vienna’s most beloved treasures. In 1791, Francis I commissioned Matthias Schumtzer to paint portraits of every flower in the garden—a project that took more than three decades to complete. Until now, only six of the extant 1,300 paintings have ever been published. This collection features one hundred of the most outstanding of Schmutzer’s watercolors. Painted life-size and with extraordinary precision, the flowers range from the exotic to the common. A fascinating text offers biographical information about Francis I, descriptions of the Imperial Gardens in the ruler’s time, and photographs of how they appear today. A significant contribution to horticultural history, this unique and beautifully presented book will delight lovers of botanical art and Europhiles alike.

H. Walter Lack is director of the botanical gardens in Berlin-Dahlem and professor at the Free University of Berlin. He is the author of numerous books on botanical history, including Jardin de la Malmaison: Empress Josephine’s Garden (Prestel).


"A book like this inspires almost purely notional gardening, far from the need to dig, weed and debug." -- Wall Street Journal

"A visual treasure... a source of pleasure and information for both art and exotic plant/tree lover." -- Art Times, June 2006

"Breathtaking." -- Veranda, July 2006

"One of the most prestigious and stunningly beautiful books to be published in this millennium..." -- National Garden Clubs, December 2006

"Stunningly reproduced." -- Elle Décor, June 2006

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