Antique hand colored engraving from Johann Mayer's Pomona Franconica of a variety of apples of French origin known as Reinette. Johann Prokop Mayer (1735-1804) was a Bohemian naturalist and court gardener of the palace of the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. Between 1776 and 1801 he published Pomona Franconica, a three tome botanical book with colored and engraved illustrations of fruits by Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733-1796). Pomona Franconica is considered the finest series of German fruit illustrations ever published. When held against the light the laid paper a I. HONIG watermark is visible. Cornelis Honig and his descendants operated Der Vergulde Bijenkorf (The Gilded Beehive) paper mill in Zaandijk, Holland from 1668. In 1712 the C & I Honig company was formed. Inscription on the page reads as follows:
3. Tab. XXVI
Reinette verte. 44. Grüne Renette Febr Maerz
Reinette grise d'Orleans 43. Graue Renette von Orleans bis Mai
Plate XXVI corresponds to the third tome, devoted mostly to apples and pears, which was first published in 1801. In good used condition with toning and foxing consistent with age as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Mat: 12 by 9 inches. Plate Mark: 8.25 by 6 3|8 inches. Sheet: 9.5 by 7.5 inches.