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Das Blumen ABC: PB 81-2003

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Das Blumen ABC


Author: Zapf, Hermann
Illustrator: Rosenberger, August
Publisher: D. Stempel



Von Hermann Zapf und August Rosenberger

Loose sheets with floral designs and name of flower in differing scripts - one engraving for each letter of the alphabet; that for the letter "Z" has been signed by Herman Zapf. The engravings have not been coloured. The 16 sheets ( approx. 34 x 48 cm) have been folded in half and form four groupings (not bound). An additional sheet (of which there is a second copy) has two engravings of the alphabet in different scripts - printed in green. Issued in paper wrapper.

With a sheet of Zapf's headed notepaper with words, "For John Dreyfus ..." (may also relate to PB 80-2003 as both editions were in same case) and an entry from a sales catalogue describing the item.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2003-05) by Dreyfus, John


Production date: AD 1962


"Als Privatdruck für Hermann Zapf hrsg. 1962 in einer Auflage von 180 Exemplaren. Auf Zerkall-Bütten gedruckt durch Otto Bickelhaupt in der Hausdruckerei der D. Stempel Ag, Frankfurt am Main. Ein Teil der Auflage wurde mit der Hand koloriert, mit Metallfarben ergänzt und poliert"--Colophon. "Dies ist Exemplar Nummer 90".

"Die Zeichnungen für das Blumen-ABC wurden von Herman Zapf 1943 in Bordeaux begonnen und 1946 in Nürnberg fertiggestellt. Nach diesen Pinselzeichnungen schuf August Rosenberger in Frankfurt am Main inn zweijähriger Arbeit originalgetreue Bleischnitte, von denen diese Auflage gedruckt wurde."-- l.[4].

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Materials used in production

Printing ink

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 81-2003
Primary reference Number: 94682
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 28 August 2015 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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