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Basilius Besler (1561-1629) Engraving

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Basilius Besler (1561-1629) Engraving

Product Name: Basilius Besler (1561-1629) Engraving
Product/Ref Number: 07-09-10
Number of Item: 1
   Width: 25 inches
   Height: 29.5 inches

Original Basilius Besler (1561-1629) hand colored copper engraving from the Hortus Eystettensis which was first published at Eichstatt in 1613.
Basilius Besler was an apothecary and botanist who managed the garden of Bishop Johan Conrad at Eichstatt. This garden was one of the most extensive in Europe at the time of the crafting of the Hortus and it served as the inspiration and resource for the Hortus Eystettensis, the first large folio attempt at horticultural cataloguing on a monumental scale. Besler worked on the drawings for 16 years; although the majority of the engravings seems to have ben completed between 1610 and 1612. At least six engravers collaborated in the making the 374 plates comprising the Hortus Eystettensis; more than 1000 plants representing 667 speies were depicted.
This folio has not been examined outside the frame, but it has been authenticated by a print specialist. It appears to be from the original edition; unfortunately, the folio has been glued to its backing. This folio appears to have been framed in the mid-20th century with the hand coloring dating to that time or earlier (Only 10 to 12 volumes of the original edition of the Hortus Eystettebsis were hand color). The mat is linen in a complementary shade; the frame is patinated gold leaf. The impressed sight image measures 15.5" x 19". Aside from being glued to board, the image is in excellent condition with no foxing. I have priced the folio at a decorative level to account for the gluing. Thanks for much for visiting.


Price: $650.00

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Tags: Large 17th C. Engraving, Basilius Besler Engraving, Hand Colored Engraving, Gold Leaf Frame


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