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THE SPEAKING PICTURE BOOK A New Picture Book with Characteristical Voices
(London, H. Grevel & Co.) made in Germany circa 1880.. FIRST ENGLISH OR EARLY EDITION circa 1880, edition not stated, 320 x 235 x 55 mm, 12½ x 9¼ x 2¼ inches, original publisher's red cloth, patterned black border to upper cover, blind on lower cover, large colour plate on upper cover (Mother shows this book to children, a Struwwelpeter book and toys on floor, a poem about the book in a panel on the right), embossed decoration on spine, no label or lettering, the 3 sides are gilded, top and bottom carved with leaf shapes, on the fore-edge are 9 tiny ivory knobs which produce animal noises when pulled: Cock, Donkey, Lamb, Birds, Cow, Cuckoo, Goat, Children x 2. Inside upper cover is a description of the book, title page printed on yellow panel within ornate border, corners containing a fierce horned male head, "Made in Germany" at foot. 8 full page chromolithograph illustrations, the first on title page verso, each faces a page of verse, each illustration with an oval yellow border, plus a decorated rectangular frame. Cloth faded on upper cover and spine, plate on upper cover darkened and print of poem faded, tiny water spot on lower cover, head and tail of spine slightly worn, 10 mm (½") split at bottom of lower hinge, small bump to 1 corner of lower cover, 1 ivory knob missing, replaced with similar shaped tiny metal knob, the ivory knobs grubby looking, the first sound a little weak, some light fingermarks to margins, page edges lightly browned, no inscriptions. A good copy. The Speaking Picture Book was originally produced in Nuremberg by publisher Theodore Brand, the bo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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