31 May 2007
Wundergarten der Natur -- The Magic Garden of Nature. Berlin: Verlag Für Kunstwissenschaft, 1932. Folio, and quarto booklet of captions (315 x 249mm). 120 black and white photographs, loose as issued. Original blue linen portfolio, front cover blocked in gold.
FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY OF THE PORTFOLIO ISSUE. The second of Blossfeldt's three 'immensely popular, regularly reprinted "pictorial documents" (in Blossfeldt's prim words)... Blossfeldt's austerely elegant images could be made to serve many design ideologies. In 1929, a selection of the work was exhibited at the Bauhaus... but even before that Blossfeldt had become an unwitting avatar of the New Objectivity' (The Book of 101 Books). The Book of 101 Books, pp.48-9; The Open Book, pp.106-107.
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