KUNSTFORMEN DER NATUR (ART FORMS IN NATURE), by Ernst Haeckel - 1904 [100 Plates]


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Kunstformen der Natur

Art Forms in Nature

by Ernst Haeckel 

First edition, in German.  Leipzig:  Bibliographisches Institut, 1904 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Olive cloth covers feature cream and black illustration, ruled borders and title. 
  • Boards show some wear, aging, bumps, scratches, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, frayed, with exposed board.  See photos.
  • Spine with black text is expertly repaired; color has darkened.  Ends are bumped and softened.  See photos.  
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Patterned end papers/ pastedowns show little sign of age; have a little wear at corners and a bookplate at front pastedown.  See photos. 
  • Ex libris book features an owner's bookplate on front pastedown.
  • Illustrations, 100 lithographic and half-tone plates, are bright and clear, many have tissue guards.
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have all edges decorated with delicate marbling. 
  • PS2023.1130

100 plates with accompanying text; 47 page Supplement. 10 1/4 x 13 7/8 inches

The astonishingly beautiful scientific drawings in Art Forms in Nature (Kunstformen der Natur) take you to another planet, one where strange and delicate creations grow naturally; Haeckel drew them and carefully laid them out, arranged so that every aspect of them can be seen and admired.  Haekel's illustrations would go on to influence the Art Nouveau movement.

Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) was renowned as one of the foremost early exponents of Darwinism.  His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe, and his popular studies preaching the continuity of all life, organic and inorganic, from prehistoric time to the present converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world.   

Full page illustrations, some on light grounds and others on dark grounds, many with tissue overlays. 

An interesting book plate inside the front cover, from the collection of Marie Siemens.  Possibly part of the Siemens family of industrialists prominent in Germany and Russia in the early 20th century. 

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