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Besler, Basilius (1561-1629)

Published by Koln ; London : Taschen (2001)

ISBN 10: 3822855324 ISBN 13: 9783822855324

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About this Item: Koln ; London : Taschen, 2001. First Edition. Fine copy in the original color-printed, stiff-card wrappers. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Series; Icons. Physical description; 191 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 20 cm. Notes; Includes index. Summary; Features painstaking reproductions of the rare original engravings from Basilius Besler's 1613 masterwork, "The Book of Plants". A total of 158 plates from the jumbo edition of this title have been brought together for a foray into the botanical illustration of the garden of Eichstatt. Subjects; Besler, Basilius (1561-1629). - Hortus eystettensis. Botany - Pictorial works. Gardens - Germany - Eichstätt - Pictorial works. Photographs: collections ; Landscape art & architecture ; Gardens (descriptions, history etc). Germany. Art / History / General. Genre; Illustrated. 2 Kg. 191 pp. Seller Inventory # 233595

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Besler, Basilius (1561-1629)

Published by Koln ; London : Taschen (2001)

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About this Item: Koln ; London : Taschen, 2001. First Edition. Fine copy in the original color-printed, stiff-card wrappers. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Series; Icons. Physical description; 191 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 20 cm. Notes; Includes index. Summary; Features painstaking reproductions of the rare original engravings from Basilius Besler's 1613 masterwork, "The Book of Plants". A total of 158 plates from the jumbo edition of this title have been brought together for a foray into the botanical illustration of the garden of Eichstatt. Subjects; Besler, Basilius (1561-1629). - Hortus eystettensis. Botany - Pictorial works. Gardens - Germany - Eichstätt - Pictorial works. Photographs: collections ; Landscape art & architecture ; Gardens (descriptions, history etc). Germany. Art / History / General. Genre; Illustrated. 2 Kg. 191 pp. Seller Inventory # 233595

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The Besler FLORILEGIUM: Plants of the Four: Besler, Basilius; Introduction

Besler, Basilius; Introduction and Commentaries By Gerard G Aymonin; Foreword By Pierre Gascar; Translated from the French By Eileen Finletter and Jean Ayer

Published by N.Y, / New York: Harry N Abrams, 1989, 1st Abrams Edition, First Printing ( Facsimile Production of the 1613 Edition ), New York, NY (1989)

ISBN 10: 0810911744 ISBN 13: 9780810911741

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About this Item: N.Y, / New York: Harry N Abrams, 1989, 1st Abrams Edition, First Printing ( Facsimile Production of the 1613 Edition ), New York, NY, 1989. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine (see desciption). Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description). Basilius Besler (illustrator). First Edition. ----------hardcover, overseas shipping (anywhere outside of Canada and the USA ) will require additional charges), about 11.75w x 15h inches, a Near Fine example, in a Near Fine dustjacket, short closed tear on rear panel of jacket, jacket is now in a hi-quality mylar protector, 542 pages, colour illustrations, ---"Published in 1613, the great florilegium by Basilius Besler of Nuremberg is one of the most ambitious and splendid books ever produced on ornamental flowering plants. In more than a thousand drawings of great accuracy and an astonishing freshness of color, Besler recorded, season by season, every variety of plant in the fabulous garden he had helped to create for Konrad, bishop-prince of Eichstatt. Hundreds of species, imported from the New World as well as native to Europe, are represented in the florilegium, for Konrad spared no expense either on his beloved garden or on Besler's enormous catalogue. These drawings of living plants not only evoke the beauty of gardens, perfumes, and time-honored herbal remedies but also serve as keys to the way Europeans of the Renaissance conceived of the natural world. As the eminent French author Pierre Gascar remarks in his Foreword, Besler, like other botanists of his time, did not classify plant life, as we do, by order or family and this allowed him the freedom the emphasize in his florilegium nature's fundamental unity, in which the splendor of creation is plainly seen. Besler, a botanist-apothecary, rendered flowers as they really are, but he also arranged them very decoratively - two or three on a page - with roots in an elegant tangle and corollas artfully turned to present the quintessential view. Even the captions are rendered in beautiful calligraphy. A team of artists and typographers working under Besler's supervision turned his colored drawings into magnificently detailed smooth-cut copper engravings. The initial printing consisted of about three hundred copies, of which fewer than ten colored examples are known to exist today. Based on a rare hand-colored copy of the original edition, all of the plates in this book have been reproduced just as Besler aproved them. The botanical plates are accompanied by commentary based on Besler's own Latin text and incorporating twentieth-century botanical research and nomenclature. Gerard G. Aymonin, professor at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, and an eminent botanist of worldwide reputation, has reviewed all the plants in the florilegium and given each one its scientific name and assigned it to the family to which it belongs. English vernacular names are also provided. An introduction by Aymonin gives a brief history of early plant literature and the circumstances of the commissioning and execution of Besler's book. Since the seventeenth century, many native European plants have been threatened with extinction, and Aymonin points out which varieties and species that grew in the garden at Eichstatt are now endangered. An index that includes both scientific and common names of plants discussed and illustrated in Besler's florilegium follows the last plate. Botanical prints are in great demand, and Besler's rich inventory of nature's wonders offers the art collector a standard against which to measure other prints. Gardeners and botanists will rejoice in this compendium of superb plates (more than one for every day of the year). And every reader in search of informatioin about plants will find this seasonal uide an indispensable reference work." any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Not Signed. Seller Inventory # 161660

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Hortus Eystettensis: Basilius Besler

Basilius Besler

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About this Item: [Unkown] - [Unknown], 1980. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD INDEED. A unique facsimile reprint ofBesler's earliest illustrated botanical study. Illustrated title page with numerous illustrated plates throughout. Basil Beslerworked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organised and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental. Condition: In a cloth binding. Externally,excellent with only minor closed tear to tail of spine. Internally, firmly bound with pages bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. Seller Inventory # 042888

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Besler, B.

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About this Item: Basilius Besler / Hortus Eystettensis, after 1613, 1613. 48x40cm (plate mark). Full later hand colouring. Excellent condition. Seller Inventory # 20315

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Besler, Basilius

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About this Item: published in Hortus Eystettensis 1613-1713, Eichstätt & Nürnberg, 1613. Kein Einband. Condition: A. Original copper engraving. 480 by 400mm (19 by 15¾ inches). Seller Inventory # 15157

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Right margin in the middle, missing part restored; - size (in cm): 45 x 37; - description: Splendourful representation of 2 healing plants 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0507_500

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BESLER, Basilius].

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 520 by 420mm. (20.50 by 16.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497. Seller Inventory # 68410

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BESLER, Basilius].

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 540 by 445mm. (21.25 by 17.75 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Seller Inventory # 88592

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 540 by 445mm. (21.25 by 17.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Seller Inventory # 88593

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Small tears on right and left margin, perfectly resored; - size (in cm): 46 x 39,5; - description: Splendourful representation of 3 Clovers 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 2013 was the 400 anniversary of this first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0502_500

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Lest margin, missing parts replaced; - size (in cm): 45,5 x 38; - description: Splendourful representation of Conyza canadensis (formerly Erigeron canadensis L.) is an annual plant native throughout most of North America and Central America and 2 Asters, a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0512_500

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Basil Besler

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About this Item: Eichstatt, 1613. No Binding. Condition: Near Fine. Basil Besler’s (1561-1629) great botanical work, “Hortus Eystettensis” is a landmark of botanical documentation and pre-Linnaean classification, as well as one of the most splendidly stylized and aesthetically powerful botanical works ever produced. This original hand-colored copperplate engraving, Orobanche, Pl. 110, measures 22.25" x 17.5" and is in excellent condition with faint evidence of verso page text. Illustrated on this engraving are flowers commonly known as Branced bur reed, Broomrape, Water hemlock. Branched Bur Reed and Broomrape are both parasitic plants, relying on other plants for their nutrients and Water hemlock is a notoriously toxic plant. Expertly hand-colored, the stems of these flowers are rich shades of green with well detailed and naturalistic leaves. The flowers of these plants are colored in blue and white. Also illustrated, adding a scientific touch to the already aesthetically pleasing engraving are parts of the bulb and root systems of the plants. Precise lines define and detail the flowers, shading and highlighting them and giving dimension. Basil Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the gardens of Bishop Johann Conrad in Eichstatt, Germany . The Bishop’s remarkable garden was one of the most extensive in Europe, containing a huge variety of European shrubs and flowering plants, as well as exotic specimens from Asia and the Americas . Besler used this encyclopedic resource as the basis for the “Hortus Eystettensis”, in which he studied and depicted over a thousand flowers, representing 667 species in all. With the Bishop’s patronage, he worked both as artist and publisher, directing a team of ten artists and engravers in creating 367 plates over 16 years. Published one hundred and fifty years before Linnaeus created his thorough system of classification; Besler’s great florilegium represents an impressive early attempt to classify plants for the benefit of botanists, doctors and apothecaries. Each plant is given a distinct and often descriptive Latin title, and related species are grouped together on the same plate, or over a series of plates. Almost all specimens are shown complete and accurately colored, including delineations of their root systems. While Besler’s work is obviously motivated by a scientific impulse to document and describe a remarkable collection of species, the beautiful presentation and dramatic stylization of the illustrations also convey a sense of the visual grandeur of the Bishop’s great garden. Each specimen is placed on the page with an artist’s understanding of formal and spatial relations. Most notably, the stylized depiction of foliage and root systems betrays a lively baroque sensibility, as the plants seem to dance across the page. This illustration of various flowers is among the most dramatic and desirable of Besler’s illustrations. Seller Inventory # aa0907e

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BESLER, Basilius].

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 520 by 420mm. (20.50 by 16.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497. Seller Inventory # 68424

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 520 by 420mm. (20.50 by 16.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497. Seller Inventory # 68423

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 540 by 447mm. (21.50 by 17.75 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Seller Inventory # 88596

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Besler, Basilius

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About this Item: published in Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstätt & Nürnberg, 1713. Kein Einband. Condition: A. Copper engraving, later hand colored. With restoration in upper right corner. Still in good to acceptable condition. 480 by 400mm (19 by 15¾ inches). Seller Inventory # 15324

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Gnaphalium latifolium peregrinum [Pearly everlasting]; Cineraris Marina: BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

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About this Item: Eichstatt, 1640. Hand-coloured engraving. Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years from the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and "exotic" plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler and his brothers were familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of the different plants, and they lived at a time when new plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that Besler organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Seller Inventory # 4306

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Eringium marinum [Sea holly]; Helianthemum flore luteo: BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

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About this Item: Eichstatt, 1640. Hand-coloured engraving. Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years from the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and "exotic" plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler and his brothers were familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of the different plants, and they lived at a time when new plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that Besler organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Seller Inventory # 4313

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Besler, Basilius

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About this Item: published in Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstätt & Nürnberg, 1713. Kein Einband. Original engraving in fine hand coloring. In excellent condition. 480 by 400mm (19 by 15¾ inches). Seller Inventory # 19341

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Right margin some restorations; - size (in cm): 47 x 38; - description: 4 beautiful representations of Fabaceae 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from the Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. This year is the 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0499_500

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Cotyledon minus [Large mountain saxifrage]; Pyrethrum Officinarum: BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

BESLER, Basil (1561-1629)

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About this Item: Eichstatt, 1713. Hand-coloured engraving. Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done. Seller Inventory # 4387

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Besler, Basilius

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About this Item: Nürnberg & Eichstätt, 1713. Kein Einband. Condition: A. Original copper engraving, finely hand colored. In excellent condition. 480 by 400mm (19 by 15¾ inches). Seller Inventory # 15144

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Besler, Basilius

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About this Item: published in Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstätt & Nürnberg, 1713. Kein Einband. Condition: A. Original copper engraving, finely hand colored. In very good to excellent condition. 480 by 400mm (19 by 15¾ inches). Seller Inventory # 15292

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: original colored; - condition: Right side mising part replaced. Thin paper restored.; - size (in cm): 48 x 39; - description: Splendourful representation of 3 different Granny's Bonnets or Columbine s 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 2013 was the 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0510_500

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BESLER, Basilius.

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 520 by 420mm. (20.50 by 16.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497. Seller Inventory # 68397

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BESLER, Basilius].

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 520 by 420mm. (20.50 by 16.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Hunt 430; Blunt, pp 95-97; Stafleu & Cowan 497. Seller Inventory # 68398

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BESLER, Basilius].

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About this Item: Nuremburg, 1713. Copper-engraving, with fine hand colour. Dimensions: 540 by 447mm. (21.25 by 17.50 inches). A magnificent plate from "Hortus Eystettensis", one of the earliest and most famous works in the field. The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, that of Prince Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Conrad von Gemmingen. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius in 1596 and, after his death in 1598, completed by Basil Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg. A visitor, Philipp Hainhofer, in 1611 marvelled at the eight gardens, each containing 'flowers from a different country; they varied in the beds and flowers, especially in the beautiful roses, lilies, tulips.' The Hortus records this variety and beauty. The book is exceptional in every sense; in its variety and range of flowers, in its size, in its fine quality of engraving. It is also one of the earliest records of flowers from a specific, documented garden. Besler was asked to complete the work by Gemmingen in 1606; the huge nature of the task was clear to Besler and he enlisted the help of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a nephew of Camerarius. Printing the Hortus may have begun as early as 1607. Drawings were made in situ and from specimens sent by the Bishop to Nuremberg; the Bishop reported to Hainhofer that he had boxes of fresh flowers sent every week to Besler at Nuremberg for sketching. A team of at least 10 engravers were employed to translate the drawings to copperplates. The gardens, along with most of the town of Eichstatt, were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops under Herzog Bernhard von Weimar in 1633-4, although they were partially restored by later bishops. Many of the original drawings survive in the University Library, Erlangen. Seller Inventory # 88598

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Left margin, missing paper parts replaced; - size (in cm): 46 x 39; - description: Splendourful representation of 2 carnations 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. 2013 was the 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0508_500

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Besler Basilius (1561 - 1629) Nuremberg

Published by Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613 (1613)

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About this Item: Artist: Besler Basilius ca ; issued in: Nuremberg; date: ca1613, 1613. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: colored; - condition: Right side margin mising part replaced; - size (in cm): 46 x 36; - description: 3 beautiful Narzissus- Lily. 1.edition of the Hortus Eystettensis, printed and issued from the Basilius Besler in Nuremberg 1613. This year is the 400 anniversary of the first edition!; - vita of the artist: Basilius Besler (1561?1629) was a respected Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis. He was curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. The bishop was an enthusiastic botanist who derived great pleasure from his garden, which was the only important European botanical garden outside Italy. The work was named Hortus Eystettensis (Garden at Eichstätt). The emphasis in botanicals of previous centuries had been on medicinal and culinary herbs, and these had usually been depicted in a crude manner. The images were often inadequate for identification, and had little claim to being aesthetic. The Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight. The plates were of garden flowers, herbs and vegetables, exotic plants such as castor-oil and arum lilies. These were depicted near life-size, producing rich detail. The layout was artistically pleasing and quite modern in concept, with the hand-colouring adding greatly to the final effect. The work was first published in 1613 and consisted of 367 copper engravings, with an average of three plants per page, so that a total of 1084 species were depicted. Seller Inventory # DP0496_500

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