Nürnbergische Hesperides, 1708

Nürnbergische Hesperides, 1708

Volkamer: Nurnbergische Hesperides, 1708

   The title translates to: The Nuremberg Hesperides, or, thorough description of the noble citron, lemon, and pomegranate fruits: how these, both here and in neighboring regions, can be planted, cared for, preserved, and propagated; complete with a detailed description of most varieties, some of which grow in Nuremberg and some of which were brought here from various foreign places ...

   Attributed to Volkamer himself, the delightful copper plates in this quintessentially Baroque work show not only the citrus fruits -- and in one case, their pests -- in loving detail, but also include a glimpse into contemporary life in 17th century Germany. The two volumes of this work are a magnificent 37 x 24 cm. and many of the plates fold out to three times that size. Click on the samples below for a closer look.

      Nurnberger Hesperides, 1708: Citrus pests      Nurnberger Hesperides, 1708: Lemon       Nurnberger Hesperides, 1708: Portuguese orange



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