Primula veris

  • Author: Michael Valentini
  • Date: 1719
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 6 1/2" x 10"
  • Centimeters: 16.67 x 25.64
  • Price: Sold

From Viridarium Reformatum, seu Regnum Vegetabile: Krauter Buch (Newly Revised Garden of the Plant Kingdom: Herb Book), Michael Bernhard Valentini (1657-1729) editor. Frankfurt, Anton Heinscheidt, 1719.

The Viridarium Reformatum is an important collection of botanical illustrations by a number of artists, Johann Theodor de Bry most prominent among them. It is thought that Valentini, a physician, professor of medicine and collector of natural history specimens, had acquired de Bry's plates from his famous Florilegium renovatum et auctum of 1641, done in collaboration with son-in-law Matthäus Merian. It was Valentini's desire that this collection serve as a "botanical library".
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