That title is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? But when you see the illustrations in this book, you won’t care what that title means or even that the book’s not in English (it’s in German – or, more specifically, the antiquated “Hochdeutsch” found up until the early twentieth century).
What makes this book so remarkable are the illustrations. The book is broken into two sections: the first is about minerals, and the second is about prehistoric life forms. The book has color plates throughout, including lovely pages dedicated to various minerals and rock strata, but it’s those dinosaur and early man two-page spreads that are really the superstars here.
First off, check out that cover. It’s like the best cover never done for Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth:
Now check out this double page spread dinosaur scene:
And how about this exciting Ice Age fight? (Sorry, but our money’s on the bear.)
This remarkable book was published circa 1890, when lithography printing methods gave those rich colors.
Our copy is in good condition and priced at $100. Click here to read more or order.