Johann Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia 1787

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Protea Lepidocarpodendrun by Weinmann
WNM139 $345
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Protea Speciosaby Weinmann
WNM140 $325
Sale Price: $165
Protea Hypophyllo by Weinmann
WNM141 $325
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Protea Repens by Weinmann
WNM142 $445
Sale Price:$225
Protea Conocarpodendron by Weinmann
WNM143 $325
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Protea Leucadendron by Weinmann
WNM136 $325
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Protea Lepidocarpodendrun by Weinmann
WNM145 $325
Sale Price: $165
Stapelia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM146 $325
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Protea Argentea by Weinmann
WNM147 $325
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Protea Conifera by Weinmann
WNM148 $295
Sale Price: $145
Protea Conifera by Weinmann
WNM149 $295
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Protea Pubera by Weinmann
WNM150 $295
Sale Price: $145
Protea Levisanus by Weinmann
WNM151 $295
Sale Price: $145
Protea Speciosa by Weinmann
WNM152 $385
Sale Price:$195
Euphorbia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM153 $295
Sale Price: $145
Opuntia, Prickly Pear Cactus by Weinmann
WNM154 $325
Sale Price: $165
Cereus Cactus by Weinmann
WNM155 $445
Sale Price:$225
Opuntia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM156 $325
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Aloe Vera Cactus by Weinmann
WNM157 $295
Sale Price: $145
Stapelia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM158 $325
Sale Price: $165
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM159 $325
Sale Price: $165
Sedum Cactus by Weinmann
WNM160 $295
Sale Price: $145
Cotyledon by Weinmann
WNM161 $325
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Cotyledon by Weinmann
WNM162 $295
Sale Price: $145
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM163 $325
Sale Price: $165
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM164 $295
Sale Price: $145
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM165 $325
Sale Price: $165
Sedum by Weinmann
WNM166 $295
Sale Price: $145
Yucca Cactus by Weinmann
WNM167 $325
Sale Price: $165
Euphorbia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM168 $295
Sale Price: $145
Melo Cactus by Weinmann
WNM169 $295
Sale Price: $145
Sempervivum by Weinmann
WNM170 $295
Sale Price: $145
Cotyledon by Weinmann
WNM171 $295
Sale Price: $145
 Cactus by Weinmann
WNM172 $295
Sale Price: $145
Euphorbia Cactus by Weinmann
WNM173 $295
Sale Price: $145
Mesembry Cactus by Weinmann
WNM174 $445
Sale Price:$225
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM175 $295
Sale Price: $145
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM176 $295
Sale Price: $145
Aloe Cactus by Weinmann
WNM177 $295
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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