Johann Theodor De Bry (Garden tools) Plate 9. Floregium renovatum et auctum… Frankfurt: Matthaus Merian, 1641. $295.00
Plate 9 "Tubus ferzeus ad Plantas trans ferendas...”
This wonderful engraving describes gardening tools used in 18th century gardens. It was included as an illustration to Johann Theodor de Bry (1528 – 1598 engraver, goldsmith, publisher and editor, eldest son and most prolific member of a notable family of printmaker-publishers) wonderful early comprehensive botanical plate work titled Florilegium Novum in 1611. This book with its handsomely engraved plates was among the most famous flower books of the period. In response to its great popularity an expanded edition of the work was published in 1641 by Matthäus Merian, titled, Florilegium renovatum et auctum: variorum Maximeque rariorum germanium, florum ac platarum.. Merian was a superbly gifted Swiss engraver who worked in various cities throughout France before locating 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, an exceptional artist/naturalist in her own right.
Copper plate engraving with hand coloring. 12 1/2 x 8 inches sheet. Excellent condition.