'Hortulus Monheimensis' - [BSB Cod.icon. 31] is hosted by the Bavarian State Library. [click 'Miniaturansicht'] The watercolour sketches appear in the first ~300 pages of this manuscript (the rest are blank) with an illustration every two pages. It's one case where I consider the downloadable pdf to be the superior quality alternative to the website jpeg images (the link is top right of the landing page - 66Mb).
This handsome florilegium was commissioned in 1615 by Wolfgang P Brandt, a local governor or magistrate from Monheim in the east Bavarian region of Donau-Ries*. It is a rather unique record of a Renaissance garden - in this case the Monheim Palace Gardens - but unfortunately the fold-out plan of the estate wasn't digitised because of conservation issues.
For the early 17th century, this manuscript presents mostly naturalistic specimens - albeit, sans root structures - and it's fairly easy to identify many of the species. It was probably inspired or at least influenced by the great 'Hortus Eyestettensis' from 1613.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Posted by peacay at 9:32 p.m.