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Lot nr:22
Book nr:36419
Author:WEINMANN, Johann Wilhelm
Title:Phythanthoza iconographia sive conspectus aliquot millium tam indigenarum quam exoticarum, ex quator mundi partibus, longa annorum serie indefessoque studio collectarum, plantarum arborum, fruticum, florum, fructuum, fungorum
Town:Regensburg
Publisher:Seuter, Ridinger & Haid
Year:[1735] 1737-45
Description:4 vol. in-folio (39 x 25.7 cm), Mezzotint frontispiece and two portraits printed in blue, 1027 engraved plates with more than 4000 figures printed in colours and finished by hand. This copy includes 2 additional plates: a variant of plates 48 and 66. Some occasional very light spotting and browning on a few leaves. Contemporary german calf, spines with old gold, marocco labels, edges sprinkled red
Note:A COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION OF WEINMANN'S SPECTACULAR AND GROUND-BREAKING BOTANICAL WORK. It features among its 1025 plates some of the earliest examples of colour printing, and also contains Georg Dionysus Ehret's first published botanical illustrations (unsigned). The work is described in the Hunt catalogue as the first botanical book to utilize colour-printed mezzotints successfully. Johann Weinmann (1683-1741) was a Regensburg apothecary who organized this massive publishing project, financed by Bartholomaus Seuter, one of the engravers, who was aided in the task by Johann Ridinger and in the later volumes, Johann Jacob Haid. Georg Ehret, now acknowledged as one of the most important botanical artists of the eighteenth century, served his apprenticeship as a botanical draughtsman under Weinmann or this project, contributing serveral hundred drawings, for which he was paid but a pittance. This led to a falling out between the two, which is perhaps why Ehret is nowhere acknowledged in the book. N. Asamin, a talented young female artist, also contributed drawings. The text for the first 25 plates was written by Johann Georg Dieterichs, who was succeeded by his son Ludwig Michael, and the work was completed after Weinmann's death by Ambrosius Karl Bieler. The Hunt Catalogue notes that 'The mezzotint process used (here) had been invented by J. Teyler in the Netherlands around 1688. As practiced here by B. Seuter (1768-1754) and J.E. Ridinger (1698-1767), it was really a combination of etching and mezzotint, whch made possible delicate lines and a very fine grain. The addition of handtinting brought about unusual and subtle effects. Some of the best work was done in later volumes by J.J. Haid (1704-1667), who also provides portraits of Weinmann and Bieler'.
Dunthorne 327; Hunt 494; Nissen BBI 2126 and Stafleu TL2 17050
Price:€58000
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