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Engravings on Wood by Members of the Society of American Wood-Engravers

The Mystery of Life

Victor Bernstrom (American, 1845–1907), After Carl von Marr (American, born in 1858), Author William M. Laffan (American, 19th century), Author Society of American Wood-Engravers, Publisher Harper & Brothers (American, founded in 1817)

Place of Publication: New York, New York, USA


Overall: 47.3 x 37.5 x 2 cm (18 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 25 wood engravings

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(New York: Harper and Brothers, 1887) 47.3 cm; [unpaged] 25 plates with individual caption leaves; original publisher’s half dark green cloth, gilt- and black-stamped green cloth boards (small printed paper label on upper cover).

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1887


Edward J. Lowell, by whom given to MFA, March 14, 1888.

Credit Line

Gift of Edward J. Lowell