LUFTMOTORFONTAINE, LUFTDRUCKFONTAINE, ELECTROMOTORFONTAINE
(Zwickau, Sachsen: Louis Heinrici, ca. 1895.). The perfect embellishment for a conservatory or fernery in late 19th or early 20th century Germany would have been one of Louis Heinrici's elaborate fountain/aquarium structures powered by his own patented hot air engine. Heinrici manufactured an astonishing line of free-standing fountains designed for parlour or conservatory decorations. The various models typically consisted of a vertical fountain spouting from within a large urn or aquarium based upon a fern stand. Most of the models embraced aquaria at their centers and were elaborately decorated and bronzed. The internal pump mechanism was capable of sending a vertical jet two meters high. Battery operated models were eventually available. Three of the most spectacular models are illustrated here by finely printed chromolithographs. These show the fountains fully decorated with varied plants and ferns surrounding a goldfish filled aquarium. There are numerous other examples in black and white showing full page fountains, text illustrations of internal motor works, aquarium accessories, and other applications for the engines. Very scarce. 8vo (25.5 x 17.3 cm); 112 pp. with text illustrations in black and white and with 3 full-page mounted colour illustrations; + 1 leaf insert.
Original colour illustrated flexible board covers with plain cloth backstrip; covers lightly spotted or thumb-soiled; cloth spine minutely worn at spine ends; internally there is some spotting or thumb-soiling, mostly to margins, but nevertheless a very good copy.
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