Lot n° 96
400 - 600
Deux grandes gravures d'après Besler, Hortus Eystettensis (1613)
France, 18th century
Intaglio engravings on paper, stenciled with watercolor, decorated with botanical drawings: flowering stems of Moldavian lemon balm, molucella and lemon balm on one page, Cretan savory, purslane and common savory on the other page. On verso, printed text in Latin on botany, and chapter title. After Besler, Hortus Eystettensis, 1613, Nuremberg.
56 x 44 cm
Inscriptions : I. Moluca odorata spinosa
II. Melissa officinarum
III. Melissa moldavica flore cœruleo
I. Portulaca Sativa
II. Satureia Domestica
III. Thÿmbra legitima
The group to which these engravings belong consists of pages from an illustration album of Besler's Hortus Eystettensis. Published in 1613 in Nuremberg, this herbarium representing the species of the Eichstätt garden was the most complete ever produced in its time. European albums of this type prefigured the Indian botanical drawings of the 19th century.
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