München: Photographische Union, . [3 lvs], 40 lvs, viii pp. Illus. with 40 plates with tissue guards. Folio. Full morocco, gilt title on front board, top edge gilt, decorated endpapers. First edition. A very good copy, extremities worn, scattered foxing on text leaves and mainly on margins of plates, images sharp. Item #36522
List of plates, 8 page chronological list of Bocklin's works; brief biography laid in loose. The first volume of what would eventually encompass four volumes. Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) was a Swiss-German painter, whose symbolist works were influential in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "...the art of Arnold Boecklin deserves to be ranked with the great art of the world. His genius has issued as victor from the restless conflict between the real and the ideal, which in our time has been more violent than ever. It has called to new life the fair creatures of fancy that peopled the groves of Greece and the realms of romance. Phoenix-like, they have risen from the holocaust to which they had been consigned by rationalism. Vitalized into poetic symbols of reality they re-animate nature, which had been vivisected and sterilized by scientific analysis until it was reduced to a series of mere formulas" (Amelia von Ende, 'Arnold Boecklin', The Craftsman,1905, v.8 p. 747).