17th Century Botanical Prints
Besler was not the only botanical illustrator of his day. The early 1600s were a period when new plants from across the world were being brought to Europe by Dutch, English and French ships. There was a sudden growth of demand as it became fashionable for the well to do to grow exotic plants in their gardens. Botanical illustrations were produced both to meet the interest and curiosity aroused by the new plants and also as catalogues for nurseries which sold them. Ultimately this growing interest produced excesses like “Tulipomania”, a period during which fabulous prices were paid for rare tulips, ultimately leading to a major economic collapse. Today we are left with the exquisite botanical illustrations.
Copper engravings by Emanuel Sweert from his Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum [The largest and most select collection of flowers], Frankfurt-am-Main 1612. Sweert (1552–1612) was a Dutch painter and nurseryman and this was his catalogue of available stock for the Frankfurt Fair of 1612. Concurrently with his business, he was head of the gardens of Emperor Rudolf II in Vienna.
PW 025 Nar: Spec: Latifol: [Narcissus Latifolium]. Plate 24.340 x 210 mm. Later colour, excellent condition except for repaired wormhole in upper margin. $A 500
PW 026 Plate no 20. [Narcissus and Snowdrops] Later colour,340 x 210 mm. Excellent condition except for wormhole in upper margin and stitching holes in left margin. $A 500
PW 026 Plate no 20. [Narcissus and Snowdrops] Later colour, Excellent condition except for wormhole in upper margin and stitching holes in left margin. $A 500
Copper engravings by Emanuel Sweert from Daniel Rabel’s Theatrum Florae…In quo ex Toto Orbe selecti Mirabiles Venustiores ac praecipui Flores Tanquam ab Ipsus Deae sinu proferuntur Lutetiae Parisiorum apud Nicolaum de Mathoniere. [Selected floral marvels from the whole world] published by Nicolas de Mathonière, Paris, 1622 (or one of the two later editions 1627or 1633). This work is one of the greatest florilegiums (collections of illustrations and definitions of flowers) ever published in France and plates from it are prized by collectors. Each page is 370x 280mmm.They are in later hand colour and very good condition.
PW 027 Lilium Persicum…Plate 3. [Persian lily and two tulips] Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes and spots in outer margins. French translations of the names of the flowers in ink in an old hand. $A 500
PW 028 Dens Caninus. Plate 40. [3 Dog’s Tooth violets and a moth]. Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes and water-stain in outer margin. Name of the moth in ink in an old hand. $A 500
PW 029 Narc. Luteus… Plate 17 [Two Narcissi and a cricket] Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes and water stain in outer margin. $A 500
IPW 030 Martagum Ponponeum… Plate 35. [Two Martagon lilies]. Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes in outer margin. $A 500
IPW 031 Hyacinthus Comosus. Plate 25. [ Plumed Hyancinth and butterfly]. Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes and spots in the outer margin and upper right-hand corner of margin torn off. Description of the butterfly in ink in an old hand on verso. $A 500
PW 032 Hyacinthus Indicus… Plate 26. [Three Hyacinths] Later colour, very good condition except for stitching holes in outer margin. $A 500