In Icona affacbre effictam clariff. Pharmacopoei.Basilus Besler. [...]
Copper engraving. Sheet size: Creased.
The frontispiece to 'Hortus Eystettensis' by Basilius Besler, published in 1613, with a portrait of Besler (1561-1629), holding a sprig of basil, punning on his name, and a decorative family crest flanked by two figures. The Bishop, Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, commissioned Besler to produce the work, which he compiled over sixteen years, although the bishop died before its completion. Besler had the assistance of his brother and a group of skilled German draughtsmen and engravers, including Sebastian Schedel, an accomplished painter, and Wolfgang Kilian, a skilled engraver from Augsburg. Kilian and his team engraved the initial copper plates, but after the bishop’s death, the operations moved to Nürnberg and a new team of engravers, among whom were Johannes Leypold, Georg Gärtner, Levin and Friedrich van Hulsen, Peter Isselburg, Heinrich Ulrich, Dominicus Custos and Servatius Raeven. Camerarius' nephew, Ludwig Jungermann (1572–1653), was a botanist and wrote most of the descriptive text. Text printed on verso.
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