Faust. Poligrafisch illustrirte Zeitschrift für Kunst, Wissenschaft, Industrie, und geselliges Leben, begleitet von Kunst-Beilagen aus mehr als 30 Druckfächern. [All photographic plates. Original prints, mounted, as issued].
Item ID 71796
Wien, Auer, -1855. Folio (34.4 x 25.6 cm). Three printed plates with original albumen prints, mounted. The very rare and sought-after photo plates from Alois Auer's Faust , published as Beilage to this seminal work on printing techniques including "Naturselbstdruck" or nature printing. Auer (1813-1869) is best known for re-inventing nature printing and reviving the use of it. He was also an early propagator of photography. The first photo measures 26.3 x 18.7 cm and shows the Viennese St. Stephens Cathedral (Stephansdom) seen from a rooftop near Singerstrasse in 1853. The second (24.5 x 19.0 cm) is also an example of microtype photography, showing a small caterpillar at a magnification of 3000x; the third is in fact a set of three photos, each 18 cm wide and between 8.0 and 9.5 cm high, showing the wings of three different species of the fruit fly genus Trypeta , demonstrating the great usefulness of macrophotography. Photos somewhat faded, as usual; mounts slightly soiled at edges, and slightly chipped and frayed at left edge. Fischer, 200 Jahre Naturselbstdruck , 41; Heitman, 403; Kirchner, 11246.