Basilius Besler

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Basilius Besler was a Nuremberg apothecary who created one of the first great botanical folios, Hortus Eystettensis (Garden of Eichstätt), in 1613. Working at a time when botanical illustrations were used primarily to identify plants for medicinal purposes, Besler created a monumental florilegium that prioritized the beauty of the plants over their pharmacological usefulness. As a result, Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis acts as a transitional fulcrum in the history of botanical art between the association of plants as medicine to plants as objects of beauty.

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 3, Judas tree; False lily-of-the valley; Moonwort fern

Original price was: $1,800.00.Current price is: $720.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 8, Laburnum; Apline laburnum

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,260.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 9, Alpine honeysuckle; Fly honeysuckle; Barberry

Original price was: $1,100.00.Current price is: $440.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 13, Privet and Date Plum

Original price was: $1,200.00.Current price is: $480.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 19, Cowslip; Doronicum; Garden Primrose

Original price was: $3,500.00.Current price is: $1,925.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 20, Red Campion; Bugle; Spring Vetching

Original price was: $2,400.00.Current price is: $1,080.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 25, Meadow Rue; Small-flowered Fumitory

Original price was: $2,200.00.Current price is: $990.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 26, European Globeflower; Double-flowered Buttercup

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,260.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 57, Italian and White Fritillary

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,260.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 74, Early Yellow Tulip, Early White Tulip, et al.

Original price was: $6,200.00.Current price is: $3,720.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 90, Star-of-Bethlehems; Wild Orchids

Original price was: $2,500.00.Current price is: $1,125.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 94, White Rose; Wild Sorrel; Yellow Wood Sorrel

Original price was: $3,800.00.Current price is: $2,090.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 110, Broomrape; Water Hemlock; Blanched Bur Reed

Original price was: $1,200.00.Current price is: $480.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 113, Wood Violet; Marsh Marigold; Spring Gentian

Original price was: $2,400.00.Current price is: $1,080.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 128, Alexandrian Ruscus; Double-flowered Primrose

Original price was: $2,500.00.Current price is: $1,125.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

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Hortus Eystettensis - 1st Edition - Antique Originals

Besler 1st Ed. Pl. 143, White Rose; Pomegranate; Smoke Tree

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,260.00.

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches