Florilegium: The Book of Plants

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In 367 exquisite plates, this treasure of botanical literature records the flowers of the palatial grounds at Eichstätt,  Bavaria, once some of the most beautiful gardens in history. The  illustrations are organized by season and, following the classification  system used today, show plants belonging to a total of 90 families and covering 340 genera. 

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. 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.” 

Part of the Bibliotheca Universalis series.  

  • Authors:  Klaus Walter Littger and Werner Dressendörfer
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Taschen, 2016
  • 544 pages, 7.7" x 5.5"
  • ISBN: 9783836557870                    
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