Regensburg: H. Lentz and H.G. Neubauer.
Botanical. Color mezzotint with hand coloring. Page measures 15" x 9.5".
Stunning mezzotint of Cereus, a genus of cacti including around 33 species of large columnar cacti from South America. The name is derived from Latin words meaning "torch" or "candle". Foxing and toning on right side of paper. From the four-volume study of flowers and plants, "Phytanthoza Iconographia" edited by Johann Weinmann between 1737 and 1745. Both accurate and beautiful, these prints were the first botanical color mezzotints, a revolutionary method that allowed for subtlety and detail. Weinmann (1683-1741) was a renowned pharmicist whose plant studies earned him scientific acclaim among botanists. He employed several botanical artists and engravers to assist with the project including BartholomÃ¤us Seuter, Johann Ridinger, Johann Jakob Haid and most notably Georg Dionysus Ehret. S in the lower right corner refers to Seuter.