NATURE PRINTING -- Constantin Freiherr von ETTINGSHAUSEN (1826-1897) and Alois POKORNY (1826-1886). A selection of 78 nature-printed plates in brown ink from: Physiotypia Plantarum Austriacarum. Der Naturselbstdruck in seiner Anwendung auf die Gefässpflanzen des österreichischen Kaiserstaates, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Nervation in den Flächenorganen der Pflanzen. Vienna: Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, -1856.
Broadsheets, c.578 x 408mm. (Some variable spotting, occasional light marking, some plates variously with short marginal tears, dampstaining, creasing, or skilful repairs.) Contained within a modern cloth box, lettered in gilt on the upper panel.
78 NATURE-PRINTED PLATES FROM THE 'MOST IMPORTANT WORK PRODUCED BY NATURE PRINTING EVER PUBLISHED' (Stafleu and Cowan), 75 before letters. The plates were printed under the supervision of Alois Auer at the Vienna state press: 30 were included with the text, and 500 in the plate volumes, many of them displaying more than one plant. Von Ettingshausen, an Austrian botanist, palaeontologist and mineralogist, was a keen supporter of the nature-printing process and published at least five other works using it; Pokorny, his collaborator, later obtained a post as lecturer in phytogeography at Vienna university (1857-68), and clearly had the technical expertise necessary to help bring the difficult art of nature printing to perfection. This group is particularly interesting because only three of the plates bear the captions printed in black as they appear in the published work; therefore, it seems probably that the majority (if not all) of these plates are proofs. Also included in the lot are 2 nature-printed plates in green ink, captioned 'Naturselbstdruck. , Aus der K.K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei zu Wien' and dated 1853 and 1860. These are presumably also by either Ettingshausen or Pokorny, and were possibly intended for Pokorny's Plantae lignosae imperii austriaci (Vienna: K.K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1864). For Physiotypia Plantarum Austriacarum: Hunt, Printmaking in the Service of Botany (1986) 60; Nissen BBI 613; Stafleu and Cowan 1723. (80)