A Most Sumptuous Botanical Book

HORTUS NITIDISSIMUS OMNEM PER ANNUM SUPERBIENS FLORIBUS by Christoph Jakob Trew was published in Nurenmberg beginning in 1750 through 1786.

Trew intended it to be the most beautiful and sumptuous botanical book ever published.  He succeeded. He ordered the artists who illustrated for him, including Ehret, to ignore anatomical detail and concentrate on presenting the flowers at their peak.  As a result, the plates are a gallery of the most colorful and luxurious Flowers that were grown in European gardens.  The plates are very stylised and are finely painted in an opaque gouache.  The engraved surface of the plates are barely discernible, so the flowers resemble water-colours.

Fe w complete copies of this book are known.  For example, no  complete example ever appeared at auction before 1987.   Some of the Major collections only have fragments of the book.

Knightsbridge Antiques is fortunate to present “The Iris “in 22kt gold leaf hand-worked frame, and the “Lilium Albium” ,  framed, both Original First Edition engravings.