Today we are sharing three new additions to our inventory of natural history prints- beautiful crystal etchings from F. J. Bertuch’s “Bilderbuch fur Kinder.” An elaborate pictorial encyclopedia, Bertuch’s work was designed to teach children about the physical world- its geography, natural phenomena, flora and fauna- as well as the many people inhabiting the world, with notes and images on customs, dress, architecture and technological advancements.
The series appeared in 12 volumes, released in monthly installments from 1790 to 1830. A total of 1185 pages and an impressive 6000 hand-colored illustrations make up this beautiful compendium. “Bilderbuch” was published in German and French, and was one of the first pictorial encyclopedias created – a landmark in educational publishing. Of all the amazing and rich content in each volume, Bertuch made special effort to emphasize and include as many illustrations as possible, believing that children would learn best from precise and true representations of science. We hope you enjoy these prints!