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Seven wonderful photogravures from Blossfeldt  

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Seven matted photogravures from the First Edition of Wunder in der Natur

Blossfeldt, Karl


[H. Schmidt & C. Günther]



7 loose photogravure plates together. approx. 26.8x19.8 cm (10½x7¾") with some variation.

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German botanist and photographer. "His entire photographic output is devoted to plant parts: twig ends, seed pods, tendrils, leaf buds, etc. These he meticulously arranged against stark backgrounds and photographed in magnification, so that unfamiliar shapes from the vegetal worlds are revealed as startling, elegant architectural forms. His work is considered to be “one of the aesthetic highlights of photo history."


  • Plate 3: Delphinium. Rittersporn. Teil eines trookenen Blattes in 6 facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 6:Polypodiaceae Aspideae. Tüpfelfarn. Junges eingerolltes Blatt in 4 facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 13: Eryngium alpinum. Mannstreu, Männertreu. Blütenköpfchen in 8  facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 18: Clematis recta. Waldrebe. Samen in 4 facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 19: Forsythia suspensa. Junger Sproß der Forsythie in 10 facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 21: Clematis integrifolia. Waldrebe. Blüte in 9 facher Vergrößerung.
  • Plate 25: Cotula coronopifolia. KrähenfußblätterigeLaugenblume. Fruchtköpfchen in 30 facher Vergrößerung.

Lot Amendments

Leaves toned a bit; very good or better.

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