Johann Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia 1737

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Palms, Palma humilis
WNM67 $265
Sale Price: $165
Palms, Palma prunisera & guineensis
WNM68 $265
Sale Price: $165
Papaya fructu
WNM69 $265
Sale Price: $165
Faufel pinas, Areca sylvestris
WNM70 $205
Sale Price: $125
Larch, Larix cum agarico
WNM71 $205
Sale Price: $125
Faufel pinas, Areca sylvestris
WNM72 $205
Sale Price: $125
Pine, Pinus maritima
WNM73 $265
Sale Price: $165
Coconut, Palnia indica nucifera coccus dicta (2 prints)
WNM74 $225
Sale Price: $145
Yucca Americana
WNM76 $205
Sale Price: $125

Dorian Fruit, Doeriana, Pomiferi similis
WNM127
$225
Sale Price: $145

Coconut, Palmae Fructus
WNM75
$225
Sale Price: $145
Stramonia pomo
WNM128
$225
Sale Price: $145
Maple, Acer montanum
WNM77 $225
Sale Price: $145
Tilia foemina major
WNM78 $225
Sale Price: $145
Oak, Quercus fructu villoso
WNM79 $225
Sale Price: $145
Suber latifolium
WNM80 $205
Sale Price: $125
Smyrnium greticum, Solanum arborescens
WNM81 $225
Sale Price: $145
Tilia foemina major
WNM82 $225
Sale Price: $145
Laurel, Laurus undulato folio vulgaris
WNM83 $205
Sale Price: $125
Pineapple, Ananas
WN115 $225
Sale Price: $145
Sandalum amboinense spurium
WNM85 $205
Sale Price: $125
Laurel, Laurus alexandrina
WNM86 $225
Sale Price: $145
Poplar, Populus alba incana
WNM87 $225
Sale Price: $145
Pistacia sylvestris
WNM88 $205
Sale Price: $125
Poplar, Populus nigra
WNM89 $225
Sale Price: $145
Juniper, Juniperus virginiana
WNM90 $205
Sale Price: $125
Salix sativa lutea
WNM91 $205
Sale Price: $125
Mechoacanna vera sativa
WNM92 $225
Sale Price: $145
Salix latifolia inferne hirsuta
WNM93 $225
Sale Price:
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Jacea cynoides echinato capite
WNM94 $225
Sale Price: $145
Solanum tomentosum
WNM98 $225
Sale Price: $145
Solanum halicacabum
WNM99 $225
Sale Price: $145
Galanga gladiolus odoratus
WNM100 $225
Sale Price: $145
Holly, Aquifolium foliis ex albo et viridi variegatis
WN159  $225
Sale Price: $145
Bambus Bambou
WN226  $225
Sale Price: $145
Potamogeton foliis angustis splendentibus
WN830 $225
Sale Price: $145
Pistacia seu Terebinthus Indica
WN816 $225
Sale Price: $145
Ribes fructu albo, Groselier blanc de Jardin
WN865 $225
Sale Price: $145
Hesperus pallido
WN571 $225
Sale Price: $145
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Johann Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia 1737

Recently, we were fortunate enough to secure a breaker copy of Johann Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia, 1737-1745. These rare and beautiful prints represent one of the most outstanding and innovative achievements in botanical illustration. The engraver, J.J. Haid printed many of the illustrations utilizing a new mezzotint technique pioneered by the Englishman, Kirkall, to produce 1,025 hand colored engravings.

Johann Weinmann directed a famous pharmacy in Regensburg. The Phytanthoza Iconographia was his masterpiece, a huge work in eight folio volumes which provided one of the most comprehensive botanical references of the eighteenth century. Great Flower Books describes it as a “pioneering work of botanical prints” and it remains today one of the most ambitious works ever undertaken, displaying over 4,000 species. Particularly magnificent are the tulips, iris, exotic palms and pineapples, cactus, fruit & vegetables.

The artist for the much of the work was the gifted Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770). Born of a humble family in Heidelberg, Ehret was taught to draw by his father at an early age. As a young man, he worked as a gardener first for the Elector of Heidelburg and then the Margrave of Badaen-Durlach.

The Margrave had an elaborate botanical garden, particularly renowned for its 5,000 varieties of tulips and 800 varieties of hyacinths. Here Ehret painted these splendid flowers in his leisure time. The favoritism he was shown because of his artistic talents resulted in serious discord amongst the staff & he finally resigned his position, much to the regret of the Margrave.

While working as an oarsman on the Danube, he met Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, who hired him to draw for Phytanthoza Iconographia. During the first year he produced 500 drawings for which Weinmann paid him only a fraction of the small sum agreed on, claiming Ehret should have produced 1,000 drawings during this time.

Ehret left, becoming one of the foremost botanical artists of his day, collaborating with the wealthy physician & botanist, Jakob Trew, Linnaeus, Philip Miller and many others.


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