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Kupfersammlung zu J.B. Basedows Elementarwerke fur die Jugend und ihre Freunde.
Berlin and Dessau 1774 The title page and the short (2 page) prefatory section also in French and Latin; 102 etched plates, lacking # 97 at back; the collation number of the plates somewhat confusing and contradictory, as the OCLC contributing institutions have the volume listing 96, 101, 100 plates - there should actually be 103, as a couple of the entries have a sub-numbered plate, which raises the count; the artwork mostly after D.N. Chodowiecki, with contributions by Schellenberg, Wolke and others; Schleuen, Haas, Berger, Kruger, Schuster, G. & D. Chodowiecki accomplishing the etching work; including depictions of home life including culinary, cooking and preparation techniques and the habits of dining across many sections of society; children at play (sometimes naughty and rambunctious) and articles of clothing, wigs, shoes, more; housing - rural, temporary tenting, palatial and humble architectural views; various children's game-playing portrayals - costumes and 'tea', kite-flying, badminton, ring-around-the-rosy, different ball games, dancing, toys; adult pastimes including fishing and swimming, riding and skating, sledding, billiards, hunting; much representation of natural history, birds, exotic animals, fish, predatory and placid creatures of the sea and land; a Northern scene with reindeer-pulled sled, whale, icy lands; anatomy and skeletons, male and female; portrayals of illness and death, disease, violence and the judgment & punishment of crime including banishment & transportation, burning at the stake; travel and exploration, the seasons and their required work; gardening and farming; occupations and trades: laundry, pottery-making, tailoring, horticulture of various kinds, cobbler work, butcher, blacksmith, carriage-maker, goods transport, printing, mining, construction work, carpentry, glassblowing, tanning, bell-founding, minting of coins, weaving, sculpture, painting - often the trades are represented with female and male gender participation; skeletons, skins, head shapes, shells, claws, feet, of various creatures and the same minute attention given to trees, plants, seeds, leafy patterns, flowers; snowflakes, geometric & mathematical patterns, distilling and other scientific equipment; the training and education of children including manners and polite discourse; mythological and supernatural creatures and events, insanity, sadness, the emotions of anger and grief; market and military scenes, battles, forts, cavalry, infantry, artillery; transportation & shipping, cross-section of a three-masted ship; mechanical and scientific instruments and apparatus; astronomy; volcanoes and natural disasters; humorous antics of street-players and youthful high-jinks; law-giving and the processes of justice, ancient and modern; religion, depictions from the bible; a plate with 4 coats of arms of the royal houses of Europe; sections and elevations of a home, street plan of Amager, map of 'Daenemark,' Europe map, map of Asia, another of Africa and of North & South America, a double-hemisphere map and a map of Germany; several illustrations of foreign lands, one of a giant and a midget; diagrams and musical notation & instruments, horsemanship & acrobatic stunts; script alphabet & sample writing - an exhaustive 'picture' of life in the latter part of the 18th century, compiled to instruct the young by Johann Bernhard Basedow (1724-1790) German educational reformer, teacher and writer; this being his most famous, written as an elementary educational work stressing natural development - intended to enhance the intelligence of the pupils and to bring them, so far as possible, into contact with realities, not with mere words, vividly brought to life via this compendium - it was the first picture textbook for children to be published since Comenius' Orbis Pictus in 1664; especially remarkable for the striking artistry of Daniel Niklaus Chodowiecki (1726-1801) Polish-German artist, printmaker, - the most famous German graphic artist of his time; each page with 1, 3, 4, 7 or more illustrations, usually tied together by a common theme; a massive 'cartoon walk-through' the late eighteenth century, culture, religion, society and mores, trade practices and military strategy and history, children's education and pastimes and much more; bound in the original polished-paper covered boards, leather spine (with the remains of ) leather corners, spine with gilt title label and a floral sprig ornament in the compartments, all edges tinted red, marbled endpapers; much wear and rubbing to the binding, spine leather dry and splitting at bottom 2", 3" x 4" triangular wedge trimmed away of the top board front corner and the corresponding front endpapers, title page and Preface the Preface with old paper repair at bottom right corner, with the loss of some words of the Latin text; about the first 30 leaves top corner with browning at top leading edge, chipped away a bit also, with no loss to plate's art; first plate with old paper repair on back, darkened; a few plates with some crude ink-washing, probably by a child (does not destroy the sense of the image); several closed marginal edge-tears; browning, tanning, soiling to leaves; some with old paper-repairs on backs or margins; overall, the binding only fair to good; the majority of the plates generally clean, printed on good heavy paper stock and in good or better condition - an interesting compendium, greatly influential in the modernization of the education of children. 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