Exceptional Collection of Nine Basilius Besler

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Material Paper
Item type All
Dimensions H 55 cm x W 44 cm
Product Code ‌CH1012

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When Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstaedt (a place about 60 kilometers north of Munich) gave the Nuremberg apothecary and botanist Basilius Besler (1561–1629) the order to publish a book with engravings of flowers and plants, he had something special in mind.The result of his efforts was more than special. It was magnificent. Divided into the four seasons of the year, Besler and his crew, among them famous Wolfgang Kilian of Augsburg, succeeded in creating the most spectacular flower book of all times. On 367 folio-size plates (average size of printed surface 55 x 44 cm - 21.7 x 17.3") over 1000 flowers, representing 667 species are depicted. It took 16 years to complete this outstanding work. Copies of this book have become very rare as the demand for the beautiful prints has increased over the past years. Just look at our images and you'll see why.

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