Ferdinand Vietz Icones Plantarum 1800-1822

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Aconite, Aconitum napellus
VI376 $55
Tobacco, Nicotiana rustica
VI377 $65
Aconite, Aconitum cammarum
VI378 $55
Tobacco, Nicotiana tobacum
VI379 $65
Tobacco, Nicotiana glutinosa
VI380 $65
Loranthus europaeus
VI381 $45
Bay, Laurus nobilis
VI382 $55
Mulberry, Morus papyrifera
VI383 $45
Medlar, Mespilus germanica
VI384 $45
Krameria triandria
VI385 $45
Anthemis pyrethrum
VI386 $55
Amorpha fruticosa
VI387 $45
Achillea millefolium
VI388 $45
Antirrhinum linaria
VI389 $55
Matricaria parthenium
VI390 $45
Valeriana sylvestris
VI391 $55
Acanthus mollis
VI392 $45
Urtica dioica
VI393 $45
Staphylea pinata
VI394 $45
Wintera aromatica
VI395 $45
Eurphorbia palustris
VI396 $45
Trapa natans
VI397 $45
Strychnos colubrina
VI398 $55
Ceratonia siliqua
VI399 $45
Daphne mezereum
VI400 $55
Chinese Lantern, Physalis alkekengi
VI401 $55
Spondias myrobalanus
VI402 $45
Oak, Quercus robur
VI403 $55
Mahogany, Swietenia mahagoni
VI404 $55
Laurus nobilis
VI405 $45
Maple, Acer monspessulanum
VI406 $55
Thistle, Onopordum acanthium
VI407 $45
Maple, Acer tataricum
VI408 $45
Phytolacca decandra
VI409 $55
Sarsaparilla, Smilax sarsaparilla
VI410 $55
Elder, Sambucus nigra
VI411 $55
Saponaria officinalis
VI412 $45
Tilia alba
VI413 $45
Aesculus lutea
VI414 $45
Nasturtium aquaticum
VI415 $45
Ricin, Ricinus communis
VI416 $55
Quassia simaruba
VI417 $45
Plantago lanceolata
VI418 $45
Plantago major
Plantago media
VI420 $45
Fraxinus ornus
VI421 $45
Pastinaca opoponax
VI422 $45
Morus alba
VI423 $45
Liquidambar styraciflua
VI424 $45
Guajacum sanctum
Periploca groeca
VI426 $45
Aconitum lycoctonum
VI427 $55
Chenopodium ambrosioides
VI428 $45
Rhamus catharticus
VI429 $45
Orobus tuberosus
VI430 $45
Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtillus
VI431 $45
Pheasant's-eye, Adonis autumnalis
VI432 $45
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Ferdinand Vietz Icones Plantarum 1800-1822

We are delighted to present a selection of these exceedingly rare & beautiful original hand colored copper engravings from the monumental Icones plantarum medico-oeconomico-technologicarum, published in Vienna from 1800 to 1822. Ferdinand Bernhard Vietz (1772-1815) was the artist and engraver. In its entirety, this work consists of 11 volumes with 1100 botanical plates.

It was published at a time when Germany was transitioning from the overblown & elaborate Rococo style to the classic & elegant Biedermeier period. Under the neo-classical influence, design became simpler and more sophisticated. The style of Vietz is unique, in that it is a distillation of the work of many great botanical illustrators such as Blackwell, Weinman, Zorn & Woodville into a form that is superbly beautiful, with some of the most highly decorative engravings of all time. Vietz was an Austrian physician and Doctor of Medicine in Vienna & later on a Professor of forensic medicine at Vienna.

This monumental work is one of the rarest of all such publications, the British Natural History Museum writes of its own copy:

“Today, the work appears to be of extreme rarity, not being held in any other of the United Kingdom's national or public library collections. Only three copies have been found in North American libraries, of which two are certainly fragile and in need of conservation. One copy is in the Austrian National Library.”

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