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ROYAL MOVEABLE PUNCH & JUDY - MOVABLE BOOK - 1885. 
London, Dean & Son, 160A Fleet Street, E.C., circa 1885. Edition unknown, inscribed Christmas 1885 on front endpaper, folio, 355 x 240 mm, 14 x 9½ inches, no title page as issued, 8 pages printed 1 side only, each with a half page coloured movable puppet show scene, each scene with 2 movable figures: Punch, Judy, Beadle, Clown, Shallabala (a black lady), Dog Toby (2 scenes). All the illustrations and movable figures are boldly and brightly colour printed, each scene has a brightly coloured proscenium arch with royal arms and mottoes at the top in the centre and the background is black. In the lower half of the page is the image in colour of a drummer and to his right is the verse dialogue for the scene. In the original green cloth backed cream boards, with large coloured illustration of Punch and Toby at top left and Judy and baby at bottom right, title in green and orange, adverts for Goodall's Household Specialities on lower cover, pale yellow endpapers. Covers lightly soiled and slightly worn at edges and corners, small scrape to imprint on upper cover, inner paper hinges front and rear repaired at some time with white binder's tape which at rear has partly lifted, front endpaper slightly stained, slightly worn at edge and with a small piece torn off at the top, the mechanism to all movables needs restoration or attention, some tabs are missing or creased, the figures are complete and undamaged except that the Clown is missing his left hand (image 3) and in the last scene the hand of Punch holding his hat has been carefully and invisibly reattached, 5 of the puppet theatres have a small tear to one or both lower corners, 60 mm (2") closed tear to lower left corner of theatre on Ghost of Judy, repaired neatly with no loss, margins are slightly thumbed, the thin plain backing paper which should cover the mechanism is slightly torn or has large chips on several of the pages. A rare Dean movable book in need of expert repairs. There is a copy in the University of Exeter and another in the V. & A., not in British Library, no copies listed on WorldCat. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
[Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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