The first edition of Hortus Eystettensis, the work containing this fabulous image, was published in 1613. It was the first great flower book and contained 367 images of over 1,000 varieties of flowering plants. This amazing accomplishment was the result of the collaboration of two men, a Nuremberg apothecary named Basil Besler (1561-1629) and his patron the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. They worked on it for 16 years and included images of all of the flowers contained in the extraordinarily extensive gardens the Prince created in the lands surrounding his castle including. He included many exotic plants brought to him from Mexico and the Americas. The work contained unusually large sheets in order to show the plants life size. He identified each with a beautiful baroque style of engraved calligraphy.
20 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches. Copperplate engraving with hand coloring. Excellent condition. Framed to museum specifications with rag mat, ultraviolet filtering plexiglas and gold leaf molding.