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SWEERT, Emanuel.

Gladiolus maximus, Bulba rubra Promont … , Radix tuber faciae … .

Plate 66.

Published: Florilegium. Amsterdam 1647

Stock code: 53430

Price: £400

Sale Price: £160

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This beautiful print shows a gladiolus plant, bulb leaves and flowers, and two tubers. The designs are beautifully balanced on the page and the captions elegantly inscribed. Emanuel Sweert was prefect of the gardens of the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. His 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, but now these very attractive engravings are regarded as fine examples of 17th century botanical illustration and are much collected. Engraved by JANSSON, Jan.

Copper engraving. Later colour. Fine condition, good margins. Size: 21 x 33.5 cm. (8 x 13 inches).

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