G. B. Ferrari (1584-1655) Quarto engraving hand colour Phaseolus Brasilicus 1638 - Botany
Phaseolus (bean, wild bean) is a genus of herbaceous to woody annual and perennial vines in the family Fabaceae containing about 70 plant species, all native to the Americas, primarily Mesoamerica.
Giovanni Baptista Ferrari (1584 - 1655) - Fine Quarto engraving with land colour 1638
Issued in the 1638 edition of Ferrari's spectacular Flora ouero cultura di fiori.
16 x 23.3 cm
Later hand colour.
The engravers who have been identified to have worked on this plates for this work include A.M. Variana, Pietro Cortona, Guido Reni and A Sacchi.
Manuscript addition to lower margin.
Reference: Nissen BBI 620; Pritzel 2877.
A very fine engravings from the first edition in Italian of the earliest treatise on the contemporary flower garden, a masterpiece of baroque copper engraving sponsored by the Barbarini family. The four books describe innovations in garden techniques, choice of site and preparation, and selected species for planting with latest methods. Ferrari details the use of flowers in arrangement, both in the soil and as artistic devices; knowing their various characteristics and qualities he describes how best to enjoy each kind.