Leipzig and Wien, Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, 1900. Folio-sized sheet, printed on one side (36.3 x 27.3 cm). Chromolithograph.
A very fine, lithographed plate, showing the amazing symmetry and elegance of the Bryozoa, or moss animals. All are finely drawn by the author. Ernst Haeckel, a gifted artist, keen observer, and great zoologist, was the first to explore the riches of nature in microscopic forms, shapes, textures, and ornaments. This highly influenced the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements in the fine and applied arts. The Wikipedia page has Ernst Haeckel's plate as key visual to illustrate these beautiful animals. Some very light, marginal toning, one corner with a tiny crease, otherwise very good, with the printing delicate, yet strong.