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SWEERT, Emanuel.

[Nine species of Satyrion].

Plate 63.

Published: Florilegium. Amsterdam 1647

Stock code: 53423

Price: £300

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Satyrion, commonly known as ‘salep’ was thought by the Greeks to be an aphrodisiac. Oiginally from the east it is now found wild in Britain. Nine varieties are shown in this beautiful engraving. The designs are well 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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