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Basilius Besler. Florilegium. the Book of Plants
Hardcover - English

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 Eichstätt, 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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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
3836557878
EAN
9783836557870
Publication Date
03/03/2016
Pages
544
Dimension
20.07cm x 15.24cm x 4.83cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Littger, Klaus Walter
Klaus Walter Littger is head of the manuscript department at Eichstatt University Library. In addition to essays on German language and literature, he has published a number of papers on the history of the University of Eichstatt and the history of music at Eichstatt. He is editor of a periodical and a series of publications on the history of Eichstatt.




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