George Ehret and Christoph Jakob Trew

Size: ~13 5/8 x 20 inches - Original Hand Colored Copperplate Engravings
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Plantae Selectae
Original Frontispiece
Date: 1750-1773
Price: Not for sale
Print Code: Botehr000

Plantae Selectae
Musa Banana
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr019

Plantae Selectae
Musa Banana
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr023

Plantae Selectae
Musa Banana
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr022

Plantae Selectae
Musa Banana
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr020

Plantae Selectae
Papaya
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr007

Plantae Selectae
Red Pineapple
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr003

Plantae Selectae
Cereus, Cactus
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr031

Plantae Selectae
Cereus, Cactus
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr032

Plantae Selectae
Cereus, Cactus
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr014

Plantae Selectae
Cereus, Cactus
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr030

Plantae Selectae
Magnolia Grandiflora
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr033

Plantae Selectae
Sweet-flowering Bay
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr009

Plantae Selectae
Plumeria, Frangipani
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr041

Plantae Selectae
Tiger Lily
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr011

Plantae Selectae
Pancratium
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr028

Plantae Selectae
Lilio-Narcissus
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr013

Plantae Selectae
Pancratium
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr027

Plantae Selectae
Eastern Shooting Star
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr012

Plantae Selectae
Tulip Tree
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr010

Plantae Selectae
Ginseng
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr006

Plantae Selectae
Tree Celandine
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr004

Plantae Selectae
Prairie Wattle
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr036

Plantae Selectae
Magnolia
Date: 1750-1773
Price: On Request
Print Code: Botehr035

These unique hand colored copperplate engravings have been selected from the first edition of Trew and Ehret "Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia…" published in Nuremberg, between 1750 and 1773.
The hand-colored engraved plates were executed after Georg Dionysius Ehret by Johann Jakob Haid, each with the first word of the caption HEIGHTENED IN GOLD.

Ehret traveled widely, sending back hundreds of botanical drawings and paintings, which were included in the present work. For "Plantae Selectae", the level of botanical interest and exotic appeal were how the two chose which illustrations to use. They had to decide on a way to present these tropical subjects to the public that had only recently been introduced to Europe. Johannes Jacobus and Johannes Elias Haid translated Ehret's exceptional and remarkably sensuous watercolors into hand-colored engravings that represented everything Ehret's work was about. Ehret had met Linnaeus in 1736 and the latter's work moved the artist to analyze the structure of the plant before trying to represent it. The Latin text was written by Trew and describes each plant, the history of its discovery and additional comments. Each species is compared with descriptions written by other botanical authors in order to definitively classify each plant. This great work was not finished until after Ehret's death, though his instructions were followed as to the layout. Linnaeus praised this work in a letter to Trew, calling it one of the great miracles of the century.

Like his father before him Ehret trained as a gardener, initially working on estates of German nobility, and painting flowers only occasionally, another skill taught him by his father, who was a good draughtsman.
Ehret’s “first major sale of flower paintings came through Dr Christoph Joseph Trew, eminent physician and botanist of Nuremberg, who recognized his exceptional talent and became both patron and lifelong friend.Ehret sent him large batches of watercolours on the fine-quality paper Trew provided. In 1733 Trew taught Ehret the botanical importance of floral sexual organs and advised that he should show them in detail in his paintings. Many Ehret watercolours were engraved in Trew's works, such as ‘Hortus Nitidissimus’ (1750–86) and ‘Plantae selectae' (1750–1773) [as here], in part two of which (1751) Trew named the genus Ehretia after him. “During 1734 Ehret travelled in Switzerland and France, working as a gardener and selling his paintings. While at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, he learned to use body-colour on vellum, thereafter his preferred medium. In 1735 he travelled to England with letters of introduction to patrons including Sir Hans Sloane and Philip Miller, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In the spring of 1736 Ehret spent three months in the Netherlands. At the garden of rare plants of George Clifford, banker and director of the Dutch East India Company, he met the great Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, who was then formulating his new classification based on plant sexual organs. Ehret painted a Tabella (1736), illustrating the system, and sold engravings of it to botanists in Holland. Some of his paintings of the exotics were engraved in Linnaeus's “Hortus Cliffortianus” (1737). “[Ehret] signed and dated his work, naming the subject in pre-Linnaean terms. He published a florilegium, “Plantae et papiliones rariores” (1748–62), with eighteen hand-coloured plates, drawn and engraved by himself... Ehret also provided plant illustrations for several travel books [as here]. His distinctive style greatly influenced his successors” (Enid Slatter for DNB).
Dunthorne 309; "Great Flower Books"; Hunt 539; Nissen 1197.