Paeonies: Hand Colored Lithographs and Engravings of the incredible flower, the Peony.  Whether you like botanical art or collect prints…

Peony Engravings Dating 1613-1713 Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis 

1613-1713 Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum Florum Stirpium. All three additions of Hortus Eystettensis published in Eichstatt and Nuremberg Germany between 1613 and 1713. The work was to illustrate the magnificent fancy flowers in the Bishops Garden. This garden is where the bishop could go to be closer to heaven. Here he could praise God and celebrate the diversity of God’s creation.

In 1613 Basil Besler published the first edition of Hortus Eystettensis. It was the first important botanical work ever done on fancy flowers. It was printed in black-and-white, from copper plate engraving. There is text on the other side. Approximately 300 printed. 25 of those had watercolors added at the time, of the turn of the 17th century, up to 1613.

The second edition of Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis was published in 1640 in Eichstatt and had a serpent watermark in the paper. Most have no printing on the verso while there was a few that did. The second edition was only fulfilled in black and white.

In 1713 Basil Besler’s work was published for the third time. Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum Florum Stirpium. Published in Nuremberg and Eichstatt, Germany. There is printing on the verso, and the paper is thicker. Paper making had evolved in the previous century. This edition was published in black and white. Meaning the water colors have been added sometime since to pieces you see in color.

Assorted Paeonies:  Antique Lithographs & Hand Colored Engravings

From mid 19th Century hand finished antique lithographs to 18th Century hand colored engravings, browse my unique selection of old peony prints which came from assorted subscriptions, catalogs and horticultural books from years ago.