Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

German Tulip Book - 18th century

Tulip book from Karlsruhe

Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

1730 Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

Red flower from 1730 German Tulip Book

flowers from Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

watercolour painting from Karlsruher Tulpenbuch

18th century flower painting

Karlsruher Tulpenbuch a

Cereus peruvianus 1730

German flower watercolour 1730

watercolour from Karlsruher Tulpenbuch
The Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe (State library of Baden-Württemberg) recently posted a site devoted to the 'Karsruhe Tulpenbuch' (~1730). [thumbnail pages, multiple size image slideshow ('Bilderschau') and some large, high resolution examples ('Großformat-Abbildungen')] {via}

Karlsruhe in SW Germany was founded by and named after Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach in 1715. He lived in the Karlsruhe Schloss (castle) whose baroque gardens were arranged in a concentric pattern and the 32 avenues radiating from the central tower gave rise to the circular shape of the town.

If you read german there is a lot of background available about the history of the gardens and the Karl Wilhelm family but the web translations left me more confused than enlightened. There are about 72 illustrations available (obviously not all tulips) and check out the links at the bottom of the page.

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