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Basilius Besler. Florilegium. The Book of Plants

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Basilius Besler. Florilegium. The Book of Plants is a magnificent pictorial document of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, the Hortus Eystettensis. First published in 1613, the 367 copperplate engravings by Basilius Besler capture the spectacular diversity of the palatial gardens of Prince-Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen in Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany.

Illustrations are organised according to the four seasons, following the classification system used today. The whole collection of 90 families and 340 genera is regarded as one of the finest treasures of botanical literature. A rich and beautiful record, destined to keep the garden's beauty in bloom. 


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