Faust. Poligrafisch illustrirte Zeitschrift für Kunst, Wissenschaft, Industrie, und geselliges Leben, begleitet von Kunst-Beilagen aus mehr als 30 Druckfächern. [The complete Volume 1. In original printed wrappers].
Item ID 71671
Wien, Auer, 1854. Folio (37.4 x 27.7 cm). 24 issues in 21. 192 pages with text in double columns and with numerous text engravings (several page-sized); and 72 separately printed plates, (several double-sized, folded) in different (colour) printing techniques, including 17 in nature printing. 21 original printed wrappers, the first four with printed issue numbers, the remainder with numbers in pencil. First edition, first - complete - volume of this seminal work on "Naturselbstdruck" or nature printing, by Alois Auer (1813-1869) who is best known for re-inventing nature printing and reviving the use of it. The first volumes of this periodical contain the all-important publication of the re-invention including the description of the new method used by Auer: “ Die Entdeckung des Naturselbstdruckes oder die Erfindung von ganzen Herbarien, Stoffen, Spitzen und überhaupt allen Originalen und Copien [...] auf einfache und schnelle Weise Druckformen herzustellen”. Among the 72 plates there are 34 plates in nature printing, printed from items varying from lace to flowers, and from moss to a bat. Other illustrations are chromolithographs, lithographs, steel engravings, copper engravings, woodcuts, blind embossing, etc. In bound copies, the plates are - usually - more or less randomly distributed between the text pages and the quality of the plates is such that many subscribers and later owners could not resist removing plates for their decorative value. Therefore, complete volumes are extremely rare. In this set, however, all the plates called for in the index are present indeed. The fifth issue text part with a rough top edge, plates fine; one plate with the top edge a bit soiled and a short tear; two plates with very mild foxing – all the 70 others clean – and two wrappers with some fraying and a few small tears at the edges only. Overall a sublime set, bright, unmarked, with strong impressions and exceedingly rare in the original wrappers. Fischer, 200 Jahre Naturselbstdruck , 41; Heitman, 403; Kirchner, 11246. The rediscovery of nature printing in a fabulous original set