Illustrations from Der Orchideengarten, the World's First Fantasy Magazine

Otto Lietz, Orchideen, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 5


This post features illustrations from the first fourteen issues of Der Orchideengarten.


Quoting from my post of the color covers for these issues: In his Fantasy Book (1978), Franz Rottensteiner gives the story behind Der Orchideengarten:

"...there was the obscure and now rather rare German magazine, Der Orchideengarten, which flourished for only three years, from 1919 till 1921. This large-format magazine (similar to the pulp 'bedsheet') must surely rank as one of the most beautiful fantasy magazines ever published. Its 51 issues...featured an impressive gallery of fantastic art, ranging from reproductions of medieval woodcuts, and the work of established masters of macabre drawing like Gustave Dore or Tony Johannot, to contemporary German artists like Rolf von Hoerschelmann, Otto Linnekogel, Karl Ritter, Heinrich Kley, or Alfred Kubin.... The fiction, however, was mixed; the new German fantasy stories were usually somewhat pedestrian, although contributing authors included Karl Hans Strobl [also the editor, along with Alf von Czibulka], H. H. Schmitz and Leo Perutz, but the magazine also printed a wide selection of fantastic stories by famous foreign authors such as Dickens, Pushkin, Charles Nodier, Maupassant, Poe, Voltaire, Gautier, Washington Irving, Hawthorne, Valerii Briusov, H. G. Wells, Karel and Josef Capek, Victor Hugo, and others equally prominent.... Although two issues of Der Orchideengarten were devoted to detective stories, and one to erotic stories about cuckolds, it was a genuine fantasy magazine."


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Lessie Sachs, Gefangene, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 11





M. Christiani, Die Seele, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 6





Alfred Kubin, Der Hauskobold, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 2





Anna May, Erscheinung, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 12





Paul Suss, Schmerz, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 14





Otto Muck, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 11





Otto Nuckel, illus. for Versammlung by A.M.Frey, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 10





Paul Humpoletz, illus. for Der Kopf der Gerichteten by Dumas, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 8





Walter Wellenstein, Sturzende Hauser, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 9





Karl (Carl) Rabus, illus. for Ein Sonderbarer Brief by Roose, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 12





Paul Neu, illus. for Aufstand in Nirwana by K. Roellinghoff, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 3


(drop cap angel with rifle and two meat cleavers - wow)
9/2/09 update: Markus Wolff informs me that the angel is holding German WWI hand grenades


Otto Linnekogel, illus. for Dios Vienne by Leo Perutz, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 4





E. Heigenmooser, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 1





Binder, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 9





Otto Linnekogel, illus. for Die Hand des Majors Muller by Verlaine, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 6





Otto Nuckel, illus. for Die Ernte by A.M. Frey, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 3





Adolf Vogel, woodcut, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 9





M.L. Mammen, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 12





Koro Otei, Der Leichensammler, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 11





E. Heigenmooser, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 7





Hedwig Kruse, illus. for Das Herz by Otto Zoff, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 2





Edwin Henel, illus. for Das Elektrische Klavier by Leonhard Stein, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 6





Otto Muck, Der blasse Neid, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 2





Erich Godel, Nokturno, Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issue 8