Plate IV Coburn, Alvin Langdon  (American, 1882-1966)

Maeterlinck, Maurice. The Intelligence of Flowers. 179, [1] pp. 8vo., 204 x 127 mm, New York: Dodd Mead & Co., 1907. Illustrated with four evocative photogravures by Coburn.

The Nobel committee expressly mentioned this work in their nomination of Maeterlinck for the greatest of all literary prizes (awarded 1911): “L’Intelligence des fleurs [The Intelligence of Flowers], 1911…is interesting for its bold representation of plants as having wisdom and self-interest. Here one finds the same richness of poetic imagination and, occasionally, profound reflections.”