Ettingshausen, C. Von and A. Pokorny
Physiotypia Plantarum Austriacarum. Der Naturselbstdruck in seiner Anwendung auf die Gefässpflanzen [Nature-printed plate 695]
Wien, Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hof- und Staatsdruckerei [1855-1856]. Folio nature-printed plate (56.5 x 39.5 cm, circa 43 x 30 cm for printed area). With very wide margins.
This plate, showing Crepis blattarioides (Asteraceae), is one of the most fantastic examples of nature printing with very decorative botanical illustrations. Only nature printing can give a true 3D effect to a plate, and these are among the best ever made. The author and artist, Constantin Freiherr von Ettingshausen (1826-1897), was a professor of botany and major researcher of European fossil floras. He also had a great interest in nature printing, for its accuracy in transferring a real natural history object to an image on paper. Here, these interests were combined. Plate in very good condition, with only a few small and marginal imperfections never disturbing the printed area. The complete work consisted of five folio atlases with over 500 plates. According to Staffleu & Cowan: "the most important work produced by nature printing ever published". Even individual plates, such as this one are very rare. Fischer, 69; Staffleu and Cowan, 1723.