Besler’s Bulbs

​Daffodils or Narcissus pseudonarcissus from Basilius Besler’s sublime Hortus Eystettensis, first published in 1613. The Hortus Eystettensis illustrated more than 1,000 flowering plants from the gardens of the Prince-Bishop of Eichstatt, Germany. What a garden it must have been!  Although Besler’s name is associated with the work, he was an apothecary, not an artist. He is thought to have acted in the role of production manager, coordinating a team of artists and craftsmen over a period of at least 16 years. More on the history of this extraordinarily beautiful codex is available at the British Library website:

Bessler, B., Hortus Eystettensis (1613) Hort. Eystett. vol. 1 (1620) Narcissus pseudonarcissus L.

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