Auer, Alois. Faust: Poligrafisch-illustrirte Zeitschrift Für Kunst, Wissenschaft, Industrie Und Geselliges Leben. Wien: Druck und Verlag von M. Auer,  Wien, Auer, 1854. Folio (37.4 x 27.7 cm). 24 issues in 21. 192 pages with text in double columns and with numerous text engravings (several page-sized); and 72 separately printed plates, (several double-sized, folded) in different (colour) printing techniques, including 17 in nature printing. Complete volume of this seminal work on “Naturselbstdruck” or nature printing, by Alois Auer (1813-1869) who is best known for re-inventing nature printing and reviving the use of it. The first volumes of this periodical contain the all-important publication of the re-invention including the description of the new method used by Auer: “Die Entdeckung des Naturselbstdruckes oder die Erfindung von ganzen Herbarien, Stoffen, Spitzen und überhaupt allen Originalen und Copien […] auf einfache und schnelle Weise Druckformen herzustellen”. Among the 72 plates there are 34 plates in nature printing, printed from items varying from lace to flowers, and from moss to a bat. Other illustrations are chromolithographs, lithographs, steel engravings, copper engravings, woodcuts, blind embossing, etc. In bound copies, the plates are – usually – more or less randomly distributed between the text pages and the quality of the plates is such that many subscribers and later owners could not resist removing plates for their decorative value. Therefore, complete volumes are extremely rare. Fischer, 200 Jahre Naturselbstdruck, 41; Heitman, 403; Kirchner, 11246 Auer, Alois  (Austrian, 1813-1869)

The fascinating nature print is from Alos Auer’s Faust: Poligrafisch-illustrirte Zeitschrift Für Kunst, Wissenschaft, Industrie Und Geselliges Leben (1854). Among the 72 plates included included there are 34 plates in nature printing, printed from items varying from lace to flowers, and from moss to a bat. Other illustrations are chromolithographs, lithographs, steel engravings, copper engravings, woodcuts, blind embossing, etc.