Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Viridarium Novum

A Little Book of Nature

'New little book of flowers, in it all kinds of beautiful flowers, also fruits and little animals, which are very useful to painters, silk embroiderers, goldsmiths and similar artists and are especially useful for travelling. Engraved in copperplate in honor of all art-lovers, published in Nuremberg 1652 in the publishing house of Paulus Fürst, art dealer.' (Thanks Maren!)

So I suppose we can dub this sweet little album something of a (late) 'copybook' or 'model book': a drawing source for artists in various trades. And that's about as much as I've been able to find out about this publication.

Fürst's name pops up around the traps as a publisher and seller of pamphlets, broadsheets, books and copper engravings, but there's no particular association with natural history or botanical drawings to provide guidance here. There are twenty plates in total in 'Viridarium Novum' plus a titlepage containing text in both Latin and German.

Viridarium Novum a

Viridarium Novum b

Viridarium Novum m

Viridarium Novum l

Viridarium Novum k

Viridarium Novum j

Viridarium Novum i

Viridarium Novum h

Viridarium Novum g

Viridarium Novum f

Viridarium Novum e

Viridarium Novum d

Viridarium Novum c

A cropped version of the titlepage appears below. I would have expected to see such a scene a hundred years before this book's publication; it looks like a mannerist print to my ignorant eye. Perhaps the book was copied, or the publisher was trying to imply a great depth of history and knowledge behind it? There endeth my speculation. Nevertheless, it's cute; it deserved a post.

title page (cropped


Eric said...

It's cute and also humorous. The little animals have something of their human brothers sometimes. The lizard looks like a politician ;-) ... Great discovery peacay. Thank you!
Eric, Belgium

Eric said...

peacay, hope you're doing well. We miss you ... I spent a couple of hours looking at yours http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.pt/2007/11/ethiopian-manuscripts.html
What a wonderful discovery . Thank you so much!
Eric, Belgium

peacay said...

Thanks Eric. I am on a long holiday in far north NSW so I tend only to send out the occasional tweet (including some photos if you wander back through my -@bibliodyssey twitter timeline).

I can't craft blog posts together using this travel chromebook of mine, I'm afraid. It's obvious I've slowed down the blog in recent times. A number of factors contributed to this situation, but mostly there were too many other things going on in my life.

I don't see why this site can't be, at worst, a blog with 'occasional' posts. Some might say the blog is 'limping' along but I've always had breaks. It's healthy. I try not to post on a schedule but rather, when I'm enthusiastic about the material and I have enough time. And though the future is always uncertain I expect this place isn't quite dead yet.

So, until that next time, I remain...

Linda said...

It is lovely! I really love everything vintage. Happy 2016. :)

Mitakka said...

nice book and pictures :)

The Fifamaster said...

Beautiful X

Unknown said...

Many of the elements in the plates appear to be based on Hoefnagel's Archetypa, published in 1592 and widely circulated.

Unknown said...

And the title page and several of the plates (the last four shown here, for example) appear to be re-engraved versions of the plates at the end of Crispijn van der Passe's Cognoscite lilia agria..., printed in Cologne ca. 1614, thought to be an early version of his Hortus Floridus. Facsimile avaiable here: https://archive.org/details/cognosciteliliaa00pass

peacay said...

Many thanks for the references Tamar. I'll add a note in the post.

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