Piper

Georg Dionysius Ehret

Published by Nuremberg, 1750
Condition: Fine No Binding
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George Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770) is considered the most important and influential botanical artist of the mid-18th century. Born to farmers in Heidelberg, Germany in 1708, Ehret showed an early propensity for drawing, though as a young man he was employed primarily as a gardener. He used his time spent gardening to examine and practice drawing botanicals and the natural world around him. Having attracted the attention of noted botanical artist Johann Weinmann and noted Nuremberg physician Dr. Christoph Jakob Trew, he gained encouragement and financial support for his works. In 1736, Ehret met eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus, who created the first classification system of plants, and moved to England where he remained for the duration of his life. As a result of the arrival of new plant species to England and around Europe, Ehret was in position to draw and document them, further developing his skills. As instructor to the highest of English nobility, he engaged in his publication of Plantae Selectae with financial patronage and text from Dr. Trew. Plantae Selectae was published in Nuremberg in 1750-1773. Various scholars of the time praised the folio highly, singling out the excellent quality of Ehret’s botanical studies. These highly detailed engravings are brilliantly hand colored and still retain their vibrancy. This engraving, 20” x 14” is in excellent condition with only a small stamp mark on the plate. Piper, is a genus of plants commonly referred to as pepper plants or vines. One main reason of harvesting them is for peppercorn spice. This beautifully hand colored engraving shows the large detailed leaves of the Piper plant colored beautifully in different shades of rich green. Extreme detail was taken in rendering the stem and plant extremely life-like. Bookseller Inventory # bh0304e

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Title: Piper

Publisher: Nuremberg

Publication Date: 1750

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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