c. 18.5 x 15.5 inches, modern colour, copper plate engraving. Some repaired wormholes in the lower left margin, not affecting the image. Plate 341. Tobacco.
Basilius Beslers Hortus Eystettensis is generally considered to be one of the most important and most beautiful florilegia ever published. It was commissioned by the Prince-Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen in 1606, whose castle overlooked Eichstatt, a town to the south of Nuremberg. The garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius the younger (1534-98) in 1596 and was completed by Basilius Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremberg who also owned a fine garden and a collection of scientific curiosities. Within a few years the gardens of Eichstatt had become one of the most renowned in Europe.