Vienna: Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1854. Auer, Alois. First polyglot edition. Folio, 75 pp., 19 leaves of plates, 15 in color, 4 leaves of facsimile manuscripts. Later binding of full calf with gilt spine label, which is slightly rubbed with a small dent at the foredge. A few tissue guards are lacking, and there are chips from the corners of a few leaves, scattered foxing and soiling; else good to very good copy. Housed in a cloth slipcase. Item #25904
Alois Auer, is generally regarded as the man who introduced "nature printing," i.e., the use of actual specimens of an object to act as the printing plate. The objects here are lace, leaves, fossils, flowers, algae, petrified wood, snake skin, a fish skeleton, etc. Several of the plates are printed using multiple colors.
This volume was printed in answer to Henry Bradbury's claim to have invented nature printing before Auer; Bradbury's letters are included in facsimile. Text in German, English, Italian and French. On the title page is the signature of Eduard Uhl (1813-1892) who was mayor of Vienna from 1882 to 1889. Wakeman - TYOGRAPHIA NATURALIS p. 20-26.