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Mrs Delany Meets Herr Haeckel
Radiolaria, Tetracoralla, Pediastra, Ciliata, etc., Rendered in Paper Mosaicks by the Author
Barbara Hodgson (HM Editions 2016)

An imagined collaboration between Mrs. Mary Delany (1700–88), an English widow, woman of accomplishment, and creator of imaginative botanical “paper mosaicks,” and Herr Ernest Haeckel (1852–1911), a distinguished and controversial German biologist and artist who devoted much of his time to the study and rendering of single-celled creatures.

The book, which expands on a paper-cutting theme presented in Cutting Paper (2013), presents 11 cut-paper interpretations of microscopic organisms tipped on to captioned plates. An introductory text provides some biographic background for Delany and Haeckel, and describes how the cut-paper renderings may have come about. An appendix provides a detailed taxonomy and nomenclature for each of the plates.

The book (6 x 8.5 inches, 50 pp.) is set in Fournier, with cut-paper initial letters tipped in. Printed on dampened Arches wove with the handpress at HM; uniformly bound in full polished leather, with a clamshell box, by Claudia Cohen. Edition of 25 numbered copies signed by the author, binder and printer.

Mrs Delany Meets Herr Haeckel

Mrs Delany Meets Herr Haeckel