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. For more images see beneath
 

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)

the common daisy (1770)
the Ostrich fern (1764)

the Garden at Eichstatt

Thornton's Temple of Flora, The Narrow Leaved Kalmia aquatint 1790-1804

selection from Emanuel Sweerts, Florlegium, Frankfurt, 1612

John Farleigh, Old Fashioned Flowers, 1933

Josef Weisz, Blumen der Alpen 1954

FROM SEMPSON, The Second Book of Flowers 1650

A NIEWE HERBALL translated from the Dutch/ German by Henry Lyte 1578


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