Old Zoology Textbook


Whenever I have  an old book in my hands my heart beats faster. The book cores feel like little relief  of ornaments and letters , smell of the old paper brings back memories of the times there were no e-books . But this zoology textbook is even more special, as it belonged to my husband’s grandfather. It was printed in 1907, a year when:

Elections to the new Parliament of Finland are the first in the world with woman candidates. Guglielmo Marconi initiates commercial transatlantic radio communications between his high power longwave wireless telegraphy stations in Clifden Ireland and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The Diamond Sūtra, a woodblock printed Buddhist scripture dated 868, is discovered by Aurel Stein in the Mogao Caves in China; it is “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book”. Henri Matisse begins to teach at the Académie Matisse in Paris, a private and non-commercial art school. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1907

These were times of a Jugendstil and the cover of this zoology book is just a great example. All these floral motifs, organic curves and stylised elephant!

the most common German-language term for the style: Jugendstil (“young style”). Although, during the early 20th century, the word was applied to only two-dimensional examples of the graphic arts,[31] especially the forms of organic typography and graphic designfound in and influenced by German magazines like JugendPan, and Simplicissimus, it is now applied to more general manifestations of Art Nouveau visual arts in Germany, the Netherlands, the Baltic states, and Nordic countries. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Nouveau

I find it great that this zoology book has cover full of flowers,  of course it is the style of that times, but still, looking from the botanical point of view, what is the story this zoology book can tell about botany? Have a look!






6 thoughts on “Old Zoology Textbook

  1. It’s interesting that these pictures show the animals credibly in movement in their environments. That was certainly rare in 19th century pictures, many of which were all too obviously drawn from stuffed examples (OK, probably not elephants).


    1. And have in mind there was no TV, net or cinema either. Observing such illustrations and reading text was then much more exciting,therefore the illustrations had rich contents, I believe…


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