Johann Theodor De Bry.(Spring bulb flowers) Pl. 72. Floregium renovatum et auctum… Frankfurt: Matthaus Merian, ca. 1641. $450.00
Pl. 72. Moly Indicum Latifolium. Scilla bispanica albo flore. Pancratium majus Hispanicum”
Johann Theodor de Bry (1561-1623) was an etcher, engraver and publisher, eldest son and most prolific member of a notable family of printmaker-publishers. The de Brys lived in Frankfurt, then a center for the production and sale of illustrated books. De Bry produced his Florilegium novum in 1611, among the most famous flower books of the period, followed by Florilegium renovatum et auctum, an expanded version which he published in the 1640s with his son-in-law, Matthäus Merian. Merian was a Swiss engraver who worked in various cities throughout France before he returned to Basel In 1616 he moved to Frankfurt to work for Theodor de Bry. Upon De Bry’s death in 1623, Merian took over De Bry’s publishing business and married his daughter, Maria Sybilla Merian.
Copperplate engraving with hand coloring. 21 x 17 ½ inches, overall. 10 ½ x 6 ½ inches, plate. Beautifully framed to match the other print in this series.