Cover to 'The Kingdom of the Air', 1875.
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Decorative binding in maroon publishers' cloth showing a German castle, blocked in black, being struck by a golden streak of lightning. The title and decorative border are blocked in black and gold. The development of publishers' book bindings in the late nineteenth century led to a huge increase of bright, decorative covers for popular science and technology books. Most were unsigned by artists employed by the publishers. Cover of 'Das Reich der Luft' (The kingdom of the air) adapted from the work of Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) by the German Wilhelm SchUtte (1826-1912) and published in Leipzig in 1875.