[Eight bulbs and eight flowering heads of varieties of grape hyacinths].
Beautiful print of eight varieties of the muscari family (grape hyacinths), showing the bulbs and flowering heads. The designs are beautifully balanced on the page and the captions elegantly inscribed. Emanuel Sweert’s Florilegium was first printed in Frankfurt by Kempner in 1612 -1614. It was originally a sales catalogue for plants and bulbs from Sweert’s gardens, to be sold at fairs in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Sweert was prefect of the gardens of the Emperor Rudolf II. Engraved by JANSSON, Jan.
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Copper engraving. Later colour. In fine condition with good margins. Mounted size: 41.5 x 55.5cm. Size: 21 x 33.5 cm. (8 x 13 inches)