Musae fructa breviore spadix floriger in magnitudine naturali. BANANA, Christopher Jacob Trew, Benedict Christian Vogel.

Musae fructa breviore spadix floriger in magnitudine naturali.

Ehret, Georg Dionysius (illus). Engraved by Johann Jacob Haid.
[Nuremberg]. 1750-1773.
Engraving, hand-colored, plate area approximately 11 1/4 x 17 on sheet size 14 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches. Soft crease to upper left corner and a few short tears to right edge (all outside plate area). Very good condition on fine laid paper. An exceptional antique botanical print depicting a banana plant by one of the finest botanical artists of all time, Georg Dionysus Ehret, engraved by Johann Jacob Haid and published in PLANTAE SELECTAE by Christopher Jacob Trew and Benedict Christian Vogel (plate XXII). This remarkable work, published over the period 1750 to 1773, scientifically documents and artistically celebrates exotic plants in the collection of the Chelsea Physic Garden in London and other collectors at a time when the collection, cultivation and documentation of exotic flowers was popular among the upper strata of European society. Ehret trained as a gardener, but his talent as a botanical artist was noted and put to work by wealthy patrons including the physician and botanist Dr. Trew. Item #42171

Price: $750.00