NATURE PRINTING - ALOIS AUER (1813-1869)
Die Entdeckung des Naturselbstdruckes.... The discovery of the Natural Printing-Process. Vienna: Kaiserlich-Kniglichen Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1854. 3 parts in one volume, 4 (317 x 255mm). Titles and text in German, English, Italian and French. 19 nature-printed plates, one double-page, 4 leaves of lithographic facsimile manuscript at back. (Small neat repaired tear to inner blank margin of two text leaves, some general browning to text leaves, as usual.) Contemporary vellum gilt (slight discolouration and bowing to covers). Provenance: Francesco Serrano y Dominguez (presentation inscription from J. Lopez y Dominguez, dated Paris, 4 October, 1856).
An important nature-printed work, including a wide range of subject matter among the 19 plates, and a full, if biased account of the controversy surrounding the invention of the process. The subjects of the plates include a fossil fish, printed in black, geological samples, printed in black (2), lace, printed in blue or black (8 samples printed on 4 leaves, one of these double-page), botanical samples, printed in green and up to 3 other colurs (27 printed on 10 leaves), a snake-skin printed in brown and a bat's wing printed in black. The second and third parts (Debates of the right of property with new inventions and Conduct of a young Englishman named Henry Bradbury) deal in some detail with the respective claims of Henry Bradbury and Professor Theile. Fischer 39; Bigmore & Wyman p.23; cf. R. Cave & G. Wakeman Typographia naturalis, 1967, pp.20-27; Friedman 162.