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Besler Botanicals Buttercup


These beautiful prints are reproductions of the famous “Hortus Eystettensis” originally done by Basilius Besler in the early 1600s. His work, “Hortus Eystettensis” (Garden of Eichstätt), is man’s earliest documentation of a specific garden and over 1,000 varieties of flowers were depicted in 367 exquisitely engraved and colored plates. In the early 1600s, the Prince Bishop of Eichstätt in Germany created what was probably the first comprehensive botanical garden devoted to flowering plants. Many of the exotic flowers were imported from the Americas and the Ottoman Empire. Besler documented this vast garden, depicting each plant as it bloomed throughout the four seasons. The Hortus Eystettensis is exceptional for many reasons, but mostly for the stunning flowers portrayed.