Lot 11177: Besler - Spurge, Moneywort, Melanpyrum

Lot 11177: Besler - Spurge, Moneywort, Melanpyrum

Est: $500 - $1,500
Sold: $200

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Franklin, TN, US

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Item Overview

Description: This splendid folio botanical engraving is from Basilius Besler's rare and highly sought after work Hortus Eystettensis, sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum, Florum, Stirpium, ex variis orbis terrae partibus, singulari studio collectarum, quae in celeberrimis viridariis arcem episcopalem ibidem cingentibus, olim conspiciebantur delineatio et ad vivum. The print available is from the second edition published in 1640 in Nuremberg and Eichstatt. The engraving was printed on superior chain-linked paper.

Bishop-prince Johann Konrad von Gemmingen created a magnificent garden to praise God and celebrate the diversity of creation. In the early 1600s, the bishop-prince commissioned Basilius Besler to create a catalogue of his garden and thus Hortus Eystettensis was produced.

Besler’s work, which depicted over 1100 specimens, is still widely considered one of the best botanical works ever created. Most of the plants depicted were drawn at their actual size. The first edition of the work was printed in 1613 and consisted of only about 300 copies. Hortus Eystettensis is truly a masterpiece and one of the most comprehensive and alluring botanical works ever produced. In the preface to an 1806 edition, Franz Seraph Widmann said “...by reason of...the magnificence of its engravings, [this work] deserves to rank high among the rarest works of its kind."

Dimensions: ~ 16 3/8" by 21 1/8"

Artist or Maker: Basilius Besler

Medium: Large Folio, Hand-colored Engraving

Date: 1640

Condition Report: Overall Good. There is some light wear or chipping near the edges. There is a small closed tear from the left edge near the center hanging fold. There is some printer's ink residue in background which is common in this work. The work is from 1640 so minor imperfections due to age are to be expected, and most imperfections (if present) can be noted in the pictures. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature: Hortus Eystettensis

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Auction Details

Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper

By Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019, 11:00 AM EST

Franklin, TN, US

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Buyer's Premium

10.0%
From:To:Increment:
$0$99$5
$100$299$10
$300$699$25
$700$1,249$50
$1,250+$100

Shipping Terms: Shipping is handled within 1-3 business days of completed payment. Shipping is billed after the sale based on customers choice of service. We ship via USPS and FedEx and calculate based on the total package weight and destination. All shipments are insured, though to provide this some services may be required when shipping outside of the United States. We're glad to provide quotes and options of services.<br /> The buyer is responsible for paying the customs fees, duties, import taxes, and any related charges. Customs can cause delays in arrival of your shipment, which the seller has no control over. Please consider these charges and delays when making your purchase.<br />

Taxes: Tax is applied to TN state purchases at a rate of 9.25%.