Botanical, de Bry,Johann Theodor, Iris Plate 37, Copperplate Engraving, 1612-1614
Artist: de Bry Johann Theodor
Paper Size: 301 x 200
Condition: very good
Technique: copperplate engraving
3 separately priced engravings. | Irises. | Iris Chamaeris. | Various Anemones.
Each illustrates multiple flower varieties, with pre-Linnean Latin names beside images. Plates 37, from an edition of de Bry's "Florigelium Novum..." (First published 1612-1614. Later editions, c. 1626, 1641-1647 ) with publisher's original handcolouring. Extremely fine copy by Matthaeus Merian, the elder (1593-1650) was de Bry's son-in-law.
18 years after de Bry's death, Merian produced an enlarged edition of his father-in-law's famous Florilegium novatum. Merian almost doubled the number of plates, depicting exotic flowers and plants growing in the gardens in and around Frankfurt.
de Bry was born in Strasbourg, the elder son and pupil of Dirk de Bry
He assisted his father in works such as, the Florilegium novum, which was published at Frankfort in 1612, and, with the assistance of his brother Johannes Israel, he completed the two volumes of Boissard's 'Romanae urbis Topographia et Antiquitates,' which were left unfinished at his father's death. He also published 'Emblemata secularia,' 1596, and added considerably to the collection of Portraits of Illustrious Persons, begun by his father. He died at Frankfort in 1623. His prints are signed with the initials J. T. B. or a monogram
After his father's death in 1598, Johann Theodore took over the family's printing house. Sometime, before 1613, he moved the enterprise from Frankfurt to Oppenheim where the firm published important works by the English Paracelcist physician Robert Fludd, and the Bohemian Michael Maier, also a follower of Paracelsus) who had served as physician to Emperor Rudolph II. Many of the works printed by De Bry also featured engravings by his son-in-law Metthaus Merian. In 1620, De Bry moved the printing house back to Frankfurt.
De Bry, Johann Theodor (1561-1623). Asphodelus [Day Lily]. Hand-colored engraving.
Matted, framed, and under glass. Plate 22 from an edition of de Bry's "Florigelium Novum..." [First published 1612-1614. Later editions, c. 1626, 1641-1647 carried titles "Anthologia magna, sive Floreligium novum & absolutum..." and "Floriglegium renovatum et auctum."] Nissen 272-274, Hunt 237. PM: 10 3/8" x 6 7/8". 301 x 200mm
BRY, Johann Theodor de (1561-1623). Florilegium renovatum et auctum: variorum maximeque rariorum germinum, forum ac plantarum. Frankfurt, M. Merian, 1641.
EXTREMELY FINE COPY WITH THE PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL HANDCOLOURING. Matthaeus Merian, the elder (1593-1650) was de Bry's son-in-law. 18 years after de Bry's death, Merian produced this enlarged edition of his father-in-law's famous Florilegium novatum. Merian almost doubled the number of plates, depicting exotic flowers and plants growing in the gardens in and around Frankfurt. One of these, the garden of Johan Schwinden, is illustrated in a magnificent double-page plate. EARLY ISSUE, without plate 142 which was published in 1644, but with plate 50a 'Iris susiana major' (Hunt plate 51). This agrees with the copy in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. Hunt 237 ('Most copies seem to have variations in the plates'); Nissen BBI 274; Pritzel 1299 (note).