Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1936. Early Printing. Cloth-Backed Boards. "New Edition" of one of the founding works of the "New Objectivity" movement in Germany and one of the iconic books in the history of photography. Text in German. Royal 8vo (320 x 250mm): XVI, with 96 full-page, gravure-printed plates (many with multiple images). Original horizontally ribbed beige linen, spine and upper cover stamped in red, upper cover with motif of the spiky-leafed Bourgati's Eryngol, light grey threaded end papers. Wanting the dust jacket. An excellent example, square and tightly bound and clean and bright throughout with rich renditions of the plates. Roth (101 Books), pp. 48-49 ("close-ups of plants forms as isolated objects of unexpected aesthetic delight"). Roth (Open Book), pp. 66-67 and Auer, p. 133 (first edition) Parr and Badger I, p.96 ("one of the most striking books in photographic history"). Fotographia Publica, p. 59. Fine-. Item #BB2004
Originally published in 1928. Karl Nierendorf, the Berlin gallerist who first showed Blossfeldt's images of "austerely elegant" (Roth 101) plant parts (twig ends, seed pods, tendrils, leaf buds) along side African sculpture, wrote the introduction to Urformen der Kunst as a manifesto on the interrelationships between art and nature, pointing to Gothic, Renaissance, and Rococo architectural ornamentation "echoed in the tendrils, stalks, pods and blossoms of Blossfeldt's photographs, and calling Blossfeldt's straightforwardly scientific, greatly magnified close-ups of plant forms "isolated objects of unexpected aesthetic delight." (Many copies were disbound, and the photogravures sold as individual prints.) "These he meticulously arranged against stark backgrounds and photographed in magnification, so that unfamiliar shapes from the vegetal worlds are revealed as startling, elegant architectural forms." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).