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NATURAL HISTORY - Weinmann 1742.


Morus alba - Morus nigra. .

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Item Number:  18026
Category:  Prints > Natural History > Flowers

Johan Weinmann (1683-1741) was the director of the longest established pharmacy in Regensburg. His "Phytanthoza Iconographia" is a vast work in eight folio volumes with over a thousand engravings representing several thousand plants. The work may be called the first successful botanical book using colour-printed mezzotint, a process which has been invented in the Netherlands by Johann Teyler around 1688. As practised here by B. Seuter and J. E. Ridinger, it was really a combination of etching and mezzotint, which made possible delicate lines and a very fine grain. The addition of handtinting brought about unusual and subtle effects. (Hunt)