The Hydra & The Dragon

Hortus Sanitatis

HSGW001.05

The Hortus Sanitatis (the Garden of Health) served as an encyclopedia of the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms as well as the medical applications of their products. These plates are interesting because the mythological creatures illustrated are portrayed as real animals. New Color.

Hortus Sanitatis
1517
Woodcut
7.25" x 10.75" paper size
Condition: B, Good

  • Price: $450.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)