Basilius Besler’s Florilegium. the Book of Plants

Klaus Walter Littger, Hardcover


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A magnificent pictorial document of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, the Hortus Eystettensis is in a class of its own when it comes to the range of flowers engraved.

First published in 1613, the 367 copperplate engravings by Basilius Besler (1561-1629) capture the spectacular diversity of the palatial gardens of Prince-Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen (1593/95-1612) in Eichst tt, Bavaria, Germany. The meticulous illustrations are organized according to the four seasons, and, following the classification system used today, show plants belonging to a total of 90 families and covering 340 genera. The whole collection is regarded as one of the finest treasures of botanical literature; it was described by Carl Linnaeus, the legendary 18th-century botanist and zoologist, as an “incomparable work.”

Besler’s pictorial catalog long outlived the gardens, which were destroyed in 1634 by invading Swedish troops. In auction, the asking price for a first-edition copy of Hortus Eystettensis is now more than half a million dollars. With this edition, TASCHEN opens up the garden to a much wider audience: a rich and beautiful record, destined to keep the garden’s beauty in bloom.

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Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Klaus Walter Littger
Published: 03/29/2016
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: 9783836557870
Pages: 544
Weight: 2.36lbs
Size: 7.90h x 6.00w x 1.90d

Additional information

Weight2.36 lbs
Dimensions7.9 × 6 × 1.9 in