Hortus Floridus [frontispiece]In quo rariorum & minus vulgarium florum Icones ad vivam veramos formam accuratissime delineatae [...]
Extant Arnhemy Apud Joannem Jansonium Bibliopolam ibid
Engraving, platemark 150 x 210mm (6 x 8¼"). Damaged; glued to backing sheet.
Frontispiece to the 'Hortus Floridus', one of the best-known of the many 17th flower books. The frontispiece includes portraits of the botanist Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) who played an important role in introducing the tulip to Western Europe, and his fellow botanist Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585). The book's plates were engraved by Crispijn de Passe junior (1589-1670), part of a famous printmaking family. The book consisted of two parts: the first comprised of some 175 illustrations of mostly bulbous and tuberous plants, and the second reproduced fruit, trees, and medicinal plants.
[Ref: 40097] £180.00