The set of five limited edition letterpress prints featuring artwork selected from Diabolical Fantasia, Vol. 1 in our series documenting the complete artworks of Der Orchideengarten magazine (1919-1921).
Each letterpress print is made by hand, using magnesium plates, textured archival paper, and an antique printing press. The rich black inks and deep, textured impressions recreate the striking look and substantial feel of artworks from 1920, when the original art was first created.
The set is presented in a custom made, hand-marbled paper folio, reminiscent of the period in which the artworks were published.
Prints measures 11 inches x 14 inches, blindstamped with the Century Guild seal.
Limited edition of 25
About Der Orchideengarten magazine
Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy and science fiction magazine.
Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.
While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.
The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the Gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.