[Title page to 'Spring' section of the 'Hortus Eystettensis']Plantarum Horti Eystaettensis. Classis Verna.
Engraving, sheet 515 x 440mm (20¼ x 17¼"). Very damaged on right with loss, with repairs.
Frontispiece to the most impressive florilegium (from the Latin 'gathering of flowers') ever made, the 'Hortus Eystettensis' ('Garden at Eichstätt'), showing shells and various scientific instruments. It was financed by Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstätt, Germany to document the city's important botanical garden. However, the Prince Bishop died before it was completed. This engraving was made by Johann Leopold (1600-26, fl.), one of the large team of artists and printmakers coordinated by the apothecary Basilius Besler to produce the volume.
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