Basilius Besler. Florilegium. The Book of PlantsHardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 1.85 lb, 544 pages25Availability: In Stock
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Basilius Besler’s complete Hortus Eystettensis of 1613
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.
Klaus Walter Littger was deputy director of the Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University Library, and head of the university's collection of historical books and manuscripts. In addition to essays on German language and literature, he has published numerous works on the history of libraries as well as the diocese and University of Eichstätt, and on the history of its local music. He is also co-editor of a journal and a series on the history of the diocese.
Werner Dressendörfer is a pharmaceutical historian, academic librarian, and former honorary Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, specializing in the history of the Early Modern herbal, the cultural history of medicinal plants, and plant symbolism in art. Dressendörfer is the author of several TASCHEN publications, including The Garden at Eichstätt, The Lilies, and Leonhart Fuchs: The New Herbal of 1543.
Basilius Besler. Florilegium. The Book of PlantsHardcover, 14 x 19.5 cm, 0.84 kg, 544 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5786-3Edition: French
ISBN 978-3-8365-5787-0Edition: English