1929. Item #A6193
Blossfeldt, Karl. Urformen der Kunst: Photographische Pflanzenbilder. Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, n.d. [1st pub. 1928]. No date or edition statement, but clearly an early printing. Ed. and introd. by Karl Nierendorf. xvii pp. + 120 large pls. Very good hardcover (blue-green cloth, stamped in gilt). Endpapers soiled; hinges slightly cracked from the book's weight, as often. Lacks d.j. ** The first volume of Blossfeldt's highly magnified photographs of blossoms, seeds, leaves, shoots, cones, and other botanical details; intended as a manual for his students of "the sculpture of living plants." "One of the most striking books in photographic history" (Parr and Badger, Photobook I:96).