Aww man. Yesterday I went to the Hendrik Conscience historical library and I was finally able to lay my hands on a copy of Ernst Haechel’s Kunstformen der Natur. It was so wonderful. The book was restored, but that didn’t really matter, at least it didn’t fall apart while I was reading it haha.
What amazed me the most was the fact that this book had such a profound influence on the Art Nouveau movement. Not only the shapes of nature, but also Haeckel’s craving for symmetry, many a time made me like I was looking at vases and lampshades in stead. The middle picture shows a set of intresting looking animals, but they might have been the helmet collection of Queen Jadis (aka the White Witch of Narnia)!
All-in-all an awesome book. I wished Haeckel had made more books like these.