left and right Basilius Besler, Hortus Eystettensis,
Altdorf, 1613. Known as the first great florilegium, celebrating the garden
of the Bishop of Eichstatt, Johann Konrad von Gemmingen. Emanuel Sweert, Floregium...
tractans de variis et aliis indicis plantis ad vivum delineatum in daubus
partibus et quator linguis concinnatum , printed in Frankfurt
by Kempner in 1612 -1614. Although giving every indication of a proper
flower book, the publication with its magnificent plates, is a sale catalogue
for specimens that were to be able at the Franfurt fair. Sweert who was
not responsible for the plates, held high office in the gardens of the
Emperor Rudolf II in Frankfurt. The plates correspond with those in de
Bry's Florigium of 1611. The design with its rows varied
by the upward swirl of the bulb's leaf are beautifully balanced on the
page with elegant captions.
middle two images - Florica Danica a classification of the plants of Denmark by Martin and Michael Rossler and others, commissioned and supported by the Danish State (1762 - 1883)