|Dimensions||Image and plate 342 x 212 mm, Sheet 418 x 262 mm|
A plate from Emanuel Sweert's Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum depicting fritillaries including a Persian fritillary.
Emanuel Sweert (1552-1612) was prefect of the gardens of the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. His Florilegium was first printed in Frankfurt by Kempner in 1612 -1614. It was originally a sales catalogue for plants and bulbs from Sweert's gardens, to be sold at fairs in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, but now these very attractive engravings are regarded as fine examples of 17th century botanical illustration and are much collected.