Constantin Ettingshausen, Alois Pokorny Nature Printed prints 1858

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Carex brevicollis
ETT9 $125
Vallisneria spiralis
ETT10 $115
Koeleria cristata
ETT11 $125
Carex fulva
ETT12 $125
Orchis maculata
ETT13 $125
Sparganium simplex
ETT14 $125
Cyperus longus
ETT15 $125
Eriophorum angustifolium
ETT16 $115
Luzula nivea
ETT17 $115
Cyperus glomeratus
ETT18 $115
Aceras anthropophora
ETT19 $125
Orchis globosa
ETT20 $125
Potamogeton densus
ETT21 $115
Rumex pratensis
ETT22 $125
Oxyria digyna
ETT23 $125
Salix arbuscula
ETT24 $125
Salix hastata, myrsinites
ETT25 $125
Salix glauca, myrtilloides, herbacea
ETT26 $115
Allium roseum, flavescens
ETT27 $115
Luzula multiflora
ETT28 $115
Carex leporina
ETT29 $115
Juncus lamprocarpus
ETT30 $115

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Constantin Ettingshausen, Alois Pokorny Nature Printed prints 1858

Constantin von Ettingshausen was Austrian physician and botanist with a keen interest in the technique of nature printing. In 1871 he was appointed professor of botany at Graz, a position he held until his death in 1897. A contemporary of Henry Bradbury and Alois Auer, the principal proponents of this exotic form of printing, he worked with Pokorny to improve nature printing techniques. This improvement can certainly be seen in the prints we have to offer, as it is like having the leaf actually embedded on the page, with the imprint of all the parts making a curious Braille of nature, as it were.

Ettingshausen produced the most important body of nature printed work and these prints are rare indeed and of an elegance that is strikingly contemporary. (References include Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantin_von_Ettingshausen)

It is from die Physiotypia Plantarum Austriacarum. Der Naturselbstdruck in seiner Anwendung auf die Gefässpflanzen des Österreichischen Kaiserstaates published in Vienna in 1856 that we are offering the current selection of nature printed botanicals. Each print is on a sumptuous, fine heavy paper with strong plate marks, and is a soft white. The measurements are approximately 15 by 22 1/4 inches, and there is some foxing as shown, with most in the margins. The nature printing process results in images that are remarkably true to life, with the leaf captured for eternity, even after nearly 150 years have passed.


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