I recently transferred to this website a page about Basilius Besler and his development of the iconic Hortus Eystettensis - see About Basilius Besler (1561-1629).
Unlike most people I'm covering in botanical art history, Besler was NOT a botanical artist. Hhe was responsible for the development of a very important book - the Hortus Eystettensis published in 1613 - rather than the artist who created the illustrations for its pages.
The book is a florilegium and records the creation of all the known plants grown in the first botanical garden in Germany - created for the prince bishop of Eichstatt in Bavaria - and the only one at the time outside Italy.
It is one of the most famous books about plants ever recorded on paper and contains more than 1,000 flowers from 667 species. The species covered:
About Basilius Besler covers:
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