Zimmerpflanze II – Houseplants (2)
Original graphics made in the technique of chromolithography at the end of the 19th century (in 1880-90).
The graphic was an illustration of an article about plants in a German scientific lexicon published by Meyers publishing house in Leipzig.
Meyers Publishing House – one of the leading German publishers specialising in scientific, natural and encyclopedic publications. It was founded by Joseph Meyer (1796-1856) in 1826 as Bibliographisches Institut in Gotha, Thuringia. Originally the Institute operated as a bookshop, then moved to Hildburghausen and finally (in 1874) to Leipzig, which for centuries has been regarded as a “Book Town”. In this publishing house, a printing method in the technique of woodcut was developed for the mastery.
Chromolithography – a former technique of multicolor lithographic printing in which each color on a multicolor print was obtained from a different lithographic plate. Invented in the 19th century, it was displaced by offset in the following century.
Condition: very good