Hellborus Niger L. Die schwarze Nieszwurz – Rare print of a Helleborus species: Helleborus niger or Christmas rose.

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‘Hellborus Niger L. Die schwarze Nieszwurz’

etching / engraving with original hand colouring on hand laid (verg?) paper.
Sheet size: 20,8 x 36,8 cm. (8,2 x 14,5 inch). Image size: 13,7 x 25,9 cm. (5,4 x 10,2 inch).

This rare original old antique print / engraving originates from ‘Botanica Pharmaceutica: exhibens plantas officinales quarum nomina in dispensatoriis recensentur; cum iconibus ab auctore aere incisis, et vivo colore expressis …’ – Berolini, 1788. Botanica Pharmaceutica was published in Berlin between 1785-1806. It consisted of 6 volumes with a total of 598 botanical plates. This extremely rare work focuses on plants with medicinal properties. It is not listed in Great Flower Books, De Belder, Blunt or Dunthorne. [Nissen BBI 784. Pritzel 3779] “The drawings are made with considerable care for botanical detail, and with a delicate eye for color and line. If some designs are a little stiff, if the artist proves to be no Ehret or Redout?, he nevertheless communicates an appreciation of a very large variety of nature’s forms, and at the same time simple statements now of value to the historical taxonomist” (Hunt).

Made by ‘Andreas Friedrich Happe’ after own design. Andreas Friedrich Happe (1733 – 1802) was an apothecary, artist and engraver from Berlin, Germany. Happe worked for the Berlin Academy of Sciences and published several botanical en endomological works (a.o. Botanica pharmaceutica, Berlin 1785; Flora depicta, Berlin 1791). He also illustrated the first volumes of Martini’s ‘Conchylien-Cabinet’. Much of his work remained unpublished including the 6-volume: ‘Naturgeschichte der Insekten’ and watercolours that are currently in the British Museum and the large collection ‘Flora Happiana’ in the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh PA.

Condition: Good, given age. Paper edges irregular, browned and with small tears, not effecting image General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 36 × 20 × 1 cm


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