Deutsche Tierrassen (German Breeds of Live Stock), 1912 & 1913

Deutsche Tierrassen back and front cover

Deutsche Tierrassen back and front cover

 

 

Deutsche Tierrassen is an unintentional photobook. My research accidentally led me to this wonderful and extraordinary volume, published by Die Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (The German Agricultural Society) 1912-1913.
It was intended as an informative overview, for promotional purposes, of German breeds of domesticated animal. The text part of the book provides thoroughly detailed information concerning horses, cattle, sheep and pigs.
What makes this book so special (for anyone who isn’t a specialist of German agricultural history) is the inclusion of 106 real photographic prints.
The second half (the ‘illustrated supplement’) of this thick, gold-lettered, and cloth-bound volume is packed with original silver gelatin photographs, two to a page, with a description of the featured animal.
The photographs are obviously from various sources, locations, sessions and/or photographers. Each animal is photographed in profile, often in front of a white wall. If photographed in some other setting, the background has usually been retouched away in order to keep a visual uniformity. This gives the book a kind of conceptional feel. Informative, functional, illustrative and visually located somewhere between the animal locomotion photography of Eadweard Muybridge and the later, more technically perfect reportage work of Bernd and Hilla Becher.

So far I have discovered four language editions: German, English, French and Spanish. Each edition varies slightly in the graphic design, especially noticeable around the photographs.

104 pages of text in German
Correction slip on page 59
53 pages of photographs
Photographs 11.6 x 9.8cm

Cover design by Lucian Bernhard
The logo of the German Agricultural Society is used as an ornament on the front and end papers.

Published by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft 1912
Presented by H. Hauptner Berlin N. W.

Hard cover with glassine dust jacket and slipcase/shipping box
Slipcase 24 x 32.5cm
Book 23.5 x 31.5cm
157 pages

 

 

Deutsche Tierrassen, slipcase front

Deutsche Tierrassen, shipping box front

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Deutsche Tierrassen with glassine dust jacket back and front

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German Breeds of Live Stock, 1912 (English language edition)

 

German Breeds of Live Stock, cover back and front

German Breeds of Live Stock, cover back and front

 

 

German Breeds of Live Stock issued by the German Agricultural Society.
Presented by H. Hauptner Berlin N. W., 1912

104 pages text in English
53 pages photographs
106 Photographs 11.6 x 9.8cm

Hard cover
24 x 32.4cm
157 pages

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Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, 1912 (French language edition)

 

French language edition, Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, cover back and front

 

 

Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, Société Allemande d’Agriculture
H. Hauptner Berlin N. W. Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft, 1912

A four-page informational leaflet about the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society) is glued in at the front.

A red paper slip informs that the Deutsche Landwirtschaft Gesellschaft is pleased to give the current price information, but notes that prices may increase according to demand, especially concerning cows.

104 pages text in French
53 pages of photographs
Photographs 11.6 x 9.8cm

Hard cover with slipcase/shipping box
Slipcase 24 x 32.5cm

Book 23.5 x 31.5cm
157 pages

Animaux domestiques Races allemandes, Shipping box

Animaux domestiques Races allemandes, shipping box front

Front paper with publishers information leaflet

Front paper with publisher’s information leaflet

Page with red publishers slip

Page with red publisher’s slip

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Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, 1912 (French language edition for the Romanian market)

 

 

Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes Association copy for Romania, cover back and front

Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, French language edition for the Romanian market, cover back and front

 

 

Animaux Domestiques Races Allemandes, Société Allemande d’Agriculture
H. Hauptner Berlin N. W. Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft, 1912

A four-page informational leaflet about the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society) is glued in at the front.

This is a French language edition for the Romanian market.

The following text is embossed on the front cover, under the book title:

Ouvrage offert par la
Fabrique d’instruments véterenaires
H. HAUPTNER BERLIN N. W.
´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´
Reprèsentants genèraux pour la Roumanie
Ingènieur MARCUS & BERLESCO
Rue de Paris 21, Bucarest

English translation:

This book is presented by
H. HAUPTNER BERLIN N. W.
Manufacturer of veterinary instruments

Representation for Romania
Engineers MARCUS & BERLESCO
Rue de Paris 21, Bucharest

104 pages text in French
53 pages of photographs
Photographs 11.6 x 9.8cm

Hard cover
23.5 x 31.5cm
157 pages

 

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Razas alemanas de Animales, 1913 (Spanish language edition)

 

Spanish language edition, Razas alemanas de Animales, cover back and front

Spanish language edition, Razas alemanas de Animales, cover back and front

 

 

Razas alemanas de Animales, Sociedad Rural Alemana, 1913

104 pages text in Spanish
53 pages of photographs
Photographs 11.6 x 9.8cm

Hard cover
23.5 x 31.5cm
157 pages

 

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Deutsche Tierrassen, language editions

Deutsche Tierrassen, language editions