JF Ptak Science Books
Paul Steuer. Malereien fuer Flachenschablone und Pinseldruckmanier in modernem und Biedermeier-Stil, published by the Otto Baumgaertel publishers, Berlin, in 1907. 32.5x24.5 cm, 60 plates, all on very stiff paper, and hinged to the book block. Ex-library copy, completely rebound in a workman's cloth binding. There is a water stain in the upper right corner that is heavy on the title page but progressively less so for the first twenty plates, though not very much affecting the images. There is also a ten-digit library number stamped on the back-bottom of each plate. Still, the plates are fresh and bright. Scarce title. $500
This beautifully illustrated 1907 German book seems to me to be a sales catalog for a company selling flat-masks, or templates, through which desirable and somewhat complicated (or at least complex) nay be produced. A customer could leaf through this book of 60 designs which are arranged according to room type, and perhaps, if the fancy struck, could purchase the sheets and instructions necessary for the job to be done. For example, plate #44 (Reggie Jackson's number in the great summer of 1977), the "Pause mit Hilfsschablone" (its identifier in the "Preisliste" and offered at 10 Marks) is meant to decorate a wall for a stairway.