Antique Botanical Prints by De Bry


Johann Theodor De Bry (1528-1598) came from Liege, Belgium to Frankfurt on the Main and founded about 1570 an important publishing house. The famous Florilegium Novum, a comprehensive flower book was first published between 1612 and 1618. The copper engravings we are offering are in very good condition in beautiful modern coloring and are mostly from the 1641 edition, published by Matthäus Merian, Johann Theodor De Bry's son-in-law. The complete title: Florilegium renovatum et auctum: variorum Maximeque rariorum germanium, florum ac platarum. The beauty of the prints is beyond comprehensible description. If you are interested we suggest that you click for viewing. The De Bry number under the image is the plate number on each page. Left margins are narrower. Some have been reinforced. Complete margins are not shown below. Prints have normal age toning and a few very minor spots. Special flaws are mentioned below.

The page size: Ca. 31.2 x 19 cm ( 12.3 x 7.5 ") unless otherwise given.

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De Bry 32

$ 80.00

Order Nr. DEBRY 5269

De Bry 121


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Nr. 32. Dimiliatus with seed pods and seeds.
Nr. 121. Four kinds of campanula and a purple crocus. Narrow left margin.

Plate 32

$ 120.00

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Plate 25


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Plate 32. Shows an anemone and Fritillaria.
Narrow left margin. Print has noticeable offsetting.
25. Phaseolus Brasilicus. Print has a few, hardly noticeable spots.

Cyclamus odorato purpeo flore
Cyclaman Roman hedre folio flore purpureo dilutiore
Ciclamen Veronese otoratum florerubro folio orbiculato

$ 260.00

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Conuluulus caruleus minor C Bauhini ( Gaspard Bauhin )
Conuoluulus pennatus purpureus C. Bauhini
Molyinunci folium odere
Flos Tigridis rubet egregre circa medium tamen pall maculatus
ex Mexico a Casparo Bauhini.

Left margin has been added. Repair in lower right margin corner.

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DeBry 75

Medium sive Viola matina.
Digitalis exotica aborems vario flore.
Digitalis lutea.
Left margin has been widened.

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De Bry 119

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119. The outer two flowers are Gladiolus and the center two are Colchicum.

Plate 27

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27. Moly Dioscorides flore albo, Primula veris flore rubro, Halicacabus Indicus
arborescens, Caprifolium Italicum perfoliatum. Some hardly noticeable spotting.

"Papaver flor luteo Corniculatum. Papaver purpeo colore flore pleno"

This print was once famed and has irregular toning/browning.

Page size: 33 x 20 cm ( 12.9 x 7.8")

$ 280.00

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Zumbul Indicum maijus flore caeruleo
Hyacintus Stellatus Cincraeus
Hyacintus Stellans germanicus
Hyacynth hispanicus

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De Bry 134

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134. Narcisissus Musart albus calice luteo. Narcissus albus minor præcox
calcis ambitum croceus. Narcisus calice luteo stella albicante.

Hermerocallis Valentina

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De Bry 79

$ 180.00

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De Bry 107


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79. In the upper left is a variety of Tiger Lily, in the upper right is a pineapple.
At the bottom are two kinds of Aloe. Print has light offsetting.
107. Except for the two yellow-orange flowers (Blattaria), the others are all varieties
of gentian. Left margin has been widened.
Paper is a bit coarser than some editions.

De Bry 124

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Both prints show some of the very early iris varieties. The page size: ca 31.5 x 19.6 cm ( 12.4 x 7.7 ")
Both prints are on a lightly toned and coarser paper.

De Bry 45

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45. Four varieties of iris and two hyacinths. The page size: ca 31.5 x 19.6 cm ( 12.4 x 7.7 ").
Print has light toning and some miniscule spots.

De Bry 35

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35. Hemerocallis Calchidonica flore miniato, Calaminta montana præstantior,
Chamæris latifolia purpuromolacea. Print has offsetting from printing in lower right corner.

"Eiusdem Floris et Vaginae magnitudo"

Page size: 31 x 19.5 cm ( 12.2 x 7.6")

$ 140.00

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De Bry 4

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Sultan Zambach Lilium album Byzantinum.

De Bry 36

Tiny repaired tear on lower bottom edge.

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Lilium Rubrum praecox vulgo Martagon Pomponi polyanthon.

De Bry 20

$ 280.00

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20. Leucoium bulbsuin præcox minus album, Leucoum Bulbosoum album lati folium,

Leucoium bul. præcox Byzant maius album latifolium.

"Leucoium bulb automnale tenuifol album"
"Leucoium bulb serotin majus album"
"Leucoium hexaphyllus Maius album polyanthon"

Debry Nr. 21

Minor signs of age and use.

Page size: 31 x 19.5 cm ( 12.2 x 7.6")

$ 280.00

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"Veteratu nigri fl. Viridi Eleborus Higer verus Theophrasti fl albo"
"Polygonatu sive Sigilam Salemon's fl cibescente"
"Elleborine recentiorum"
"Buphthalmum Dodoncei"

Page size: 31 x 19.5 cm ( 12.2 x 7.6")

$ 240.00

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De Bry 33

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Six varieties of fritilla.

De Bry 178


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De Bry 178. Left is Caprifoliu sive Periclymenon Germanicum and right is Lilio asphodelus luteus

De Bry 109.Five marigolds. Upper left: Aphricanus flos maior pleno, Aphrican, alter pleno flore, Aphrican flo. simple, Bottom left: Aphric. flos maxim, simp. luteo, Aphric. flos maxim, pleno aureo

Five Marigolds

Upper left: Aphricanus flos maior pleno, Aphrican, alter pleno flore, Aphrican flo. simple,
Lower left:
Aphric. flos maxim, simp. luteo, Aphric. flos maxim, pleno aureo

Stain spot in upper margin. A few signs of age and use in margins.

Page size: 34 x 20 cm ( 13.3 x 7.8")

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Caryophyllus Indic flore multipliciluteo maior vel aureo
Fraycinel la albo
Fraycinel albo sub Cerulea

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De Bry 58

Part of the background has light graying and streaking.

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58. Hya hispa, Hya minor tuberosa, Hyaautumnalis purpeo pallido, Hya flore cerulo pallido.

De Bry 122

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122." Tulipa lutea odorata Bononiensis praecox alys Narbonsensis"

Interesting is that after the word "praecox" there is also the Greek word.

Titles at bottom of page: " Nasturtiu Indicum fl. luteo strys rubris" " Iasminum fl. albo vulgare"

Lily Susiani flos vulgo Lilium Persicum
Lily Susiani Scapuscum bulbo

The colors on this print are faded.

$ 160.00

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De Bry 65

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Martagon Montanum longiore spica.
Liliu rubru bulbiferum alis cruentum.

De Bry 130

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130 4 kinds of Martagon (lilies)

Framed DeBry Prints

Below are four very interestingly framed DeBry prints. The Italian frames are more attractive than these photos can show. The frames have an outer antiquitated gold border and a decorative floral border that rises 3 cm higher than the outer gold border. The floral border has an antique appearance and the texture of oil painting.The inner gold border is 1 cm lower than the floral part of the frame. The total width of the frame is 6 cm (2.3 ").

The outer size of the frame is 36.2 x 30.5 cm ( 14.2 x 12 ")
The inner measurements are 22.7 x 17 cm ( 8.9 x 6.6 ")

DeBry 27

Gelsiminum Indicum flauum odoratissimum.

$ 220.00

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DeBry 23

Gelsiminum Indicum flore Phoenicco

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DeBry 30

Rosa sinensis Foliosior
( Minor spotting)

$ 320.00

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DeBry 15

Narcissus Indicus Liliaceus saturo colore purpurascens.

$ 220.00

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Satyriume Guinea delatu
Iris augustifolia Hispanica bulbosa non scripta

This print was once framed. There is light toning and a light brown line from the passepartout.

$ 180.00

Order Nr. DEBRY248072

De Bry 55

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De Bry 55. The text at the top of the page in German:"Erweiterung oder Fortpflanzung des newlich angefangenen, schon vermehrten Blumbuchs; so jetzt mit mancherley schönen Blumen ausfebeßert und geziert worden. 1613." Carnations and Sweet Williams (Armeria)

De Bry 18

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De Bry 22

$ 120.00

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18. Canna Indica flore rubro punctato

22. Alphodelusramosus

De Bry 21

$ 100.00

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De Bry 21. Left is Flos Indicus and right is Narcissus Indicus

De Bry 9

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9. Hyacynthus Peruanus

De Bry 19

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19. Two varieties of muscari, a Tragopogon in the middle and an Cana Indica to the right

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37. Several kinds of Hepatica, two of Satirium and in the center a caninus

De Bry 114

$ 180.00

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Hyacythus ramosus and Stramonia Aegyptiaca.

DeBry 87

Mandragora femina.

Repaired hole in lower right of print. Hardly visible.

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Eiusdem Narcissi bulbus, folia, semen.

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DeBry 20

Eiusdem Narcissi Bulbus et folia.
Tiny thin spot in paper. Visible only against light.


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DeBry 17

Utriusque Narcissi Bulbus et folia.
Small spot on lower margin edge.
Small crease in right margin.

$ 130.00

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De Bry 89

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89. Print shows 6 varieties of Leucoium.

De Bry 137

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137. The two upper rows are Viloas, the bottom row auriculas (primroses)

De Bry 70

$ 180.00

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70. To the left are two varieties of geranium, to the right are calthas

De Bry 62

$ 180.00

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62. left: Draguricul, vel Serpentaria maior, Middle upper: Arum maius, bottom middle: Arum minus angustifol. right: Serpentaris minuor

"Partes Florum Simplicium"
"Flores Apetali sive Staminei"

"Flores Simplices"
Flores Compositi"
"Flores Anomali"

Two pages of special botanical interest for botanists using Latin names.

Both pasges are spotty with signs of age and use.
Worm track on left side. Left margin is narrow.

Page size: 33 x 19.5 cm ( 12.9 x 7.6")

Price for the two pages: $ 140.00

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"Tubus ferreus ad Plantas transferendas"

"Imbex ferreus Extractorius"

"Rastrum Gallicum"

Three metal garden tools.

Anonymous copper etching from Johann de Bry: Florilegium Novum. Published in Frankfurt on the Main, 1641

Clean. Very good condition.

Sheet size: 23.8 x 18.2 cm (9.4 x 7.2")

$ 80.00

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"Americae Pars Quinta Nobilis et admiratione plena Hieronymi Benzoni Mediolanensis, secundae sectionis HispanorumÉ"

Title page - copper etching - for the fifth volume of the famous America Discovery Account, published by de Bry

Author: Girolamo Benzoni (1519-1572)

Copper etching. Title Page for Book V.

Publishing House Theodor de Bry (1528-1598)

Publisher: Johann Theodor de Bry (1560-1623)

The date in the title catriuche on the title page reads 1595. But the book was actually only published in Frankfurt on the Main in the year 1617

Description of image: A Jesuit priest takes the oath of two Spaniards, while four other Spaniards are watching the scene. Driven by armed Spanish soldiers a number of native slaves carry encumbrances up a ragged steep mountain to the summit, on top of which the Christian cross is raised. On the opposite side of the title cartouche soldiers and natives are descending.

Trimmed to borderline of print. All four margins have been added at an indeterminable later time. There are some minor paper faults upper right and upper left - with no loss to image.

29 x 21 cm (ca. 11.4 x 8.3")

$ 450.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)


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