1999, 80 pages with 36 color plates. This facsimile edition of hand-colored floral engravings, reproduces the 1680 Nuremberg edition of the artist’s Neues Blumenbuch now located Dresden. It includes the original title sheet and preface by the artist.
Although it was published more than 330 years ago, this collection is still remarkable for its scientific accuracy, brilliant colors and delicate beauty. Merian abandoned the traditional modes of illustration used in 16th and 17th-century botanical treatises for more comprehensive balanced compositions. Combining botanical accuracy with artistic quality, she moved away from the method favoring single illustrations and instead fused tulips, peonies and lilies into a cacophony of color and detail. Merian recorded these flowers meticulously, often emphasizing their relationship to their natural surroundings by including butterflies, caterpillars, or insects in the work.
Hardcover; 7-3/4 x 12-5/8″.
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