At a late sitting of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at Vienna, Herr Von Amer read a piper upon a newly discovered process of printing from all sorts of objects with comparatively plain surfaces. Among the articles mentioned, which have been copied by the new process, are plants, some ofjthem in flower, embroidery, etched agate, insects, fish-scales, &8. The speaker calls this ' Natursol-betdruck "—printing from Nature—and said that this discovery forms a new era in the pictorial illustration of works on science and art. The objects copied were given with singular fidelity t the originals. No hint was given as to the process.
This article was originally published with the title "Important Invention or Discovery" in Scientific American 8, 35, 280 (May 1853)