The facsimile of Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler is the faithful reproduction of the 1613 copy held in Eichstätt University Library (SJ II 2892-2894).
In three volumes, the Hortus Eystettensis is an illustrated herbarium of extraordinary beauty composed of 367 plates on "imperial" folios, 1084 life-size colour drawings of plants in flower, five frontispieces and a plate with a portrait of the author.
The Hortus Eystettensis is the most beautiful florilegium from the early seventeenth century and marks the definitive transition from woodcut techniques to copperplate engraving.
The description relating to each plate is on the facing page. For the first time, the plants are ordered on the basis of their flowering period, from spring through until autumn: each season has its own frontispiece and index.
Each drawing is given the semblance of three dimensions through the skilled application of shading and chiaroscuro, fundamental to plant recognition.
The edition will be limited to 1450 numbered and certified copies.
Technical description of the facsimile
The facsimile of the Hortus Eystettensis published by Aboca Museum Edizioni has respected and maintained all the original work's characteristics:
1. Structure: three volumes in Imperial folio (43.5 x 52 cm) containing 367 colour plates, with the same dimensions and number of pages as the original.
2. Layout: the same sequence of pages of text, colour plates and blank pages (in the back of the illustrations).
3. Paper: made especially, similar in weight (170 g.), texture, colour and in the spacing of the laid lines (32 mm.).
4. Printing: similar colours of text ink; the same pressure applied to the chalcographic plate.
5. Plate colouring: the same as the original, made possible by the use of chromolithography, photographic modification, and four-colour printing.
6. Cover: imitation parchment, with relief decorations on the boards.
7. Binding: the following steps are carried out by hand: sewing using an ancient technique, coloration of the paper edge, page folding, banding and application of the title label on the spine.
8. Book plate: reproduced on the flyleaf.
9. Language: Latin.
Hortus Eystettensis COMMENTARIUM
Authors: K. W. Littger, A. Menghini, W. D. Muller Jahncke, D. Contin, W. Dressendorfer
Critical essay which contains useful information to understand the work either on the scientific-botanical or the bibliographic-biographic point of view 29 x 38 cm, pp. 286
FURNISHING FOR ART BOOKS
Reproduction of a senese model from the end of the 16th century made in antique oak. The Plexiglas support on the base bears the weight of the books.
Dimensions cm. 60 x 118 x 80
The furnishing comes complete with a plexiglass boostand.Dimensions cm. 70 x 40 x 14
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