The Intelligence of Flowers. Illustrated with gravures by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Decorated by William Edgar Fisher Text by Maurice Maeterlinck. Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1907. 179 pp. Octavo. First edition. Clothbound with patterned boards and decorative label tipped onto cover.
Four stunning plates by Corburn! The green-toned gravures are from negatives taken in a formal garden. The frontispiece is a lovely pictorialist photograph of lily pond; the second shows light playing off flowers in a planter at the corner of a stone walkway; the third is a perspective view of garden statuary and sculpted trees; and the final image features a large architectural tombstone. In 1915 Coburn photographed author Maeterlinck for his series "More Men of Mark, the a sequel of sorts to "Men of Mark". In this slightly hare-brained treatise, the second of his four nature essays, Belgian Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) asserts that flowers display a form of intelligence in their capacity for thought without knowledge.
Fair; bump to one corner; faint damp staining to upper one-fifth of first half of text block, with images unaffected; extremities lightly abraded; minor rubbing to cover lable; hinges just slightly stressed; delicate pencil notation front flyleaf.