Dec 08, 2022 - Sale 2624

Sale 2624 - Lot 213

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(PRIMORDIAL PLANET.) Franz Unger. Die Urwelt in Ihren Verschiedenen Bildungsperioden. 16 tinted lithographed plates illustrating epochs of landscape formation from primeval periods through human emergence, each with explanatory text leaves in German. Oblong folio, 17x21 1/2 inches, early 20th-century cloth-backed marbled boards, scuffed; foxing and dampstain. Leipzig: T.O. Weigel, 1858

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Temporal development of Earth's surface through deep time, illustrated by some of the earliest printed visualizations of prehistoric science: tropical landscapes, primeval swamp forests, evolutionary storms, ancient botany and geology, and representations of reptilian and mammalian life culminating with the appearance of humanity on the final plate. A stunning tableau of our planet through the millennia lithographed by Leopold Rottman after paintings by Josef Kuwasseg.

Scarce on the market, with only a single auction record traced (Henkels, 1895).