- Author: Emanuel Sweert
- Date: 1612
- Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Very good
- Inches: 8" x 13"
- Centimeters: 20.51 x 33.33
- Product ID: 003164
From Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1612.
Emanuel Sweert (1552-1612) was a Dutch painter and nurseryman. He lived in a period when new plants from across the world were being introduced to Europe via Dutch, English and French ships. To meet the burgeoning interest in plants by the public, nurseries were being established by wealthy merchants in order to meet the demand. Botanical illustration suddenly found a new outlet in the production of nursery catalogues. Sweert prepared his Florilegium as a guide of his available stock for the Frankfurt Fair of 1612. The plates, depicting some 560 bulbs and flowers, were from the Johann Theodore de Bry Florilegium which in turn was based on that by Pierre Vallet. Sweert's attractively depicted bulbs sparked their popularity, leading to 6 editions of the work between 1612 and 1647, and a demand which would later result in "Tulipomania". At the time of the fair Sweert was in the employ of Emperor Rudolf II as head of his gardens in Vienna.