Antique botanical engraving "Pyrus prasina florens" by Maria Sibilla Merian. From "Der Rupsen Begin" Prints The finely detailed & richly hand colored copper engravings portray butterflies & insects along with the fruits and flowers on which they lived.
Maria Sibylla Merian - Amsterdam, 1718 - Although the Erucarum ortus appeared one year after Merian's death, she was very much involved in its publication. From at least 1705 she had intended to issue her work on European insects in Latin as well as Dutch completing it with a third part.
Emanuel Sweert (1552–1612) Dutch painter & nurseryman noted for his publication in 1612 at Frankfurt-am-Main of Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum. Botanical illustration found a new outlet in the production of nursery catalogues. The plates, depicting 560 bulbs & flowers, were from the Johann Theodore de Bry Florilegium which in turn was based on that by Pierre Vallet. Attractively depicted bulbs sparked their popularity, a demand which would later result in "Tulipomania".