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Reviews of Botanical Prints From the Hortus Eystettensis

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Author (1): Barker Nicolas

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: April 2000
Published by: Harry N. Abrams (HNA Books)
List price: $19.95
ISBN Number: 0810927438



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Scientific Commentaries by Grard G. Aymonin Originally published in 1613 by botanist-apothecary Basilius Besler, the monumental book known as the Hortus Eystettensis was, and is, the greatest botanical illustrated book ever created. With 367 plates depicting more than 1,000 species of plants, the book was spectacular even in black and white; the very few hand-colored copies are priceless. When Abrams issued its facsimile edition of Besler's great Florilegium in 1989, and followed that in 1994 with Hortus Eystettensis, featuring selected images, it became clear that there is great demand for a poster book of these irresistible botanicals.

Here, then, are 27 superb, oversize, full-color prints suitable for framing, including images of tulips, irises, roses, lemons, and artichokes. Gardeners and horticulturalists, print collectors and botanists, indeed anyone who simply appreciates the beauty of botanicals and wants to frame them or give them as gifts will enjoy this book.

27 illustrations in full color, suitable for framing, 10 1/2 x 14 5/8"

NICOLAS BARKER is former deputy keeper of The British Library.

GRARD G. AYMONIN is an eminent botanist and a professor at the Musum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

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