9. L. Martagon Pomponeum. [Martagon Lily]

Method Copper engraving with hand colouring
Artist Willem van de Passe
Published Utrecht & Arnheim: Crispen de Passe and J. Jansson, 1614-1616.
Dimensions Image and plate 208 x 149 mm, Sheet 279 x 188 mm
Notes A plate depicting a Martagon Lily from Hortus Floridus in quo rariorum & minus vulgarium florum Icones ad vivum veramque accuratissime delineatae... A Garden of Flowers, wherein very lively is contained a true and perfect discription of all the flowers contained in these foure followinge bookes... Faithfully and truely translated out of the Netherlandish originall into English. This book was one of the most famous and influential of the early florilegia. Produced against the back drop of the early tulip and bulb craze of the early 1600, the book gained tremendous popularity and also helped to fuel the craze for these new plants. The delicate copper engravings showed the flowers much better than earlier wood cut prints. The frontis piece to this work tells the owner that he should colour the prints in himself.

Willem van de Passe (c.1597-1636) was a Dutch engraver. Born in Cologne, he was the third son of Crispijn van de Passe I. His early prints were published by his father, but a significant number of those made in the 1610s bear French privileges. Between 1618 and 1620 he and his sister Magdalena engraved the plates for Holland's Heroologia Anglia. He worked in London from 1621, where he married Elizabeth Jenner, who was probably a relative of his publisher Thomas Jenner. They had two children, Crispin and Elizabeth. It is thought that he was a victim of the plague that killed his fellow engraver Robert van Voerst.

Condition: Some tears to bottom right corner.
Framing mounted
Price £175.00
Stock ID 51894