[Frontispiece to Emmanuel Sweert's 'Florilegium', with portrait of Sweert verso]Florilegium Amplisimum et selectissimum, quo non tantum varia diversorum florum [...]
Engraving with original hand-colouring, sheet 320 x 205mm (12½ x 8"). Thread margins; glued into album sheet with early marginalia in Latin. Time stained.
Frontispiece to the famous 'Florilegium' (1612) by Emmanuel Sweert (1552-1612), a superb volume of engravings of flowers. The volume was essentially a sales catalogue, in which the beauty of the engravings served to promote the desirability of the plants. Verso is a portrait of Sweert published in the same volume, in which the flower in Sweert's left hand is balanced by the skull on which his right rests, as a reminder of the mixed symbolism of flowers.
For a coloured impression of the portrait of Sweert, see ref. 39203. W 2860.
[Ref: 40096] £240.00