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Cinnamon, Cumin: Culilawan, CulitLawang. Cuminum, Comin. Weinmann c1740

Cinnamon, Cumin: Culilawan, CulitLawang. Cuminum, Comin. Weinmann c1740

by Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm

Cinnamon and Cumin, rare 18th century antique print.

Original mezzotint copperplate engraving with etched outline, by J. Seutrum. One of the earliest examples of colour-printing with watercolour from a single plate (hand-finished); printed on hand-laid paper, and published between 1737-1745 for Phytanthoza Iconographia by Regensburg apothecary Johann Willhelm Weinmann (1683-1741).

The son of a barber, Weinmann began work as an assistant to an apothecary. He married the daughter of a wealthy wine merchant, Isobella Catharina Furst, bought a house, and then an apothecary shop that had gone bankrupt. After his wife died he married the daughter of a town official, Christine Catharina Pfaffenreuther. Weinmann's business interests flourished amid controversy - but he was able to devote more time pursuing his passion of botany. "The result of many years of tireless study", Weinmann's grandest achievement was Phytanthoza Iconographia, a comprehensive survey of thousands of native and foreign plants "from all four corners of the world". Many of the drawings were by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770) who developed the Linnaeas style of botanical illustration.

This rare 18th century engraving is in good condition except for light foxing Size of page 383 x 245mm (15 1/8 x 9 3/4 inches).

Stock Number: apWein447Price: $350.00