This early hand-colored original copper-plate engraving on heavy chain-linked, watermarked paper this a real beauty. It depicts Autumn Crocus or Meadow Saffron and has an antique written translation into French on the bottom.
Provenance: Herbarii Blackwelliani auctarium, Collectio Stirpium ...; or: Beytrag zum Blackwellisches Kräuter-Buch, ... Volume 6.
Author: Christian Gottlieb Ludwig (1709-1773), a German physician and botanist. He was a professor of medicine, pathology and therapy at the University of Leipzig. He was also involved in Carl Linnaeus' classification system.
Engraver: Nicolaus Friedrich Eisenberger, after the drawings by Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell (more info from Wikipedia) in her publication, A Curious Herbal (1737-1739).
Publisher: Nuremberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann. 1773.
Size: Paper Size: 9 " x 13 3/4" Plate Size: 7.5" x 11.75"
Condition : Very good, untrimmed. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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