Copper engraving with hand colouring. Overall size in thick off white museum mountcard mount (and backing of the same material) : 60.3cms x 69.7cms. Image size; 410mm x 490mm. Faint show through of text on verso in top part of engraving - see magnified image- not in any way offensive. Glorious example in excellent condition with just a little faint inkiness at plate mark edges. Basil Besler (1561-1629) was a Nuremberg apothecary who had as his patron the Prince Bishop of Eicstatt (near Nuremberg). While in charge of the bishop's elaborate gardens, Besler, with the financial support of his patron, undertook his great project of botanical illustration. Off and on for sixteen years he created drawings which, with the help of six skilled engravers, were turned into two large folio volumes of 374 plates, illustrating more than one thousand flowers. The prints were arranged by seasons, with the plants shown whole and life size. It was the most comprehensive as well as the largest early work of its kind. It is also one of the most delightfully drawn and visually impressive ever made. Quite outstanding and one of the most highly collectible of the plates.
|Map maker||Besler, Basilius|
|Published at year||1613circa|
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