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Advertising exotic ‘lapdogs’ - a menagerie for Ladies?). Heute . zu sehen der kleinste Hirsch der Welt 6 Zoll gross 8 Jahre alt der Liebling und Schosshündchen der Damen von Java, das seltene noch nie hier gezeigte Moschus-Reh (aus Tibet), zwei der kleinsten und reizendsten 8 Zoll grosse Nachtigall-Aeffchen das Spielzeug der Damen in Brasilien. Diese so seltenen Thierchen werden nicht in einem Käfig gezeigt, sondern produciren sich frei und offen auf einem 20 Fuss langen Billard und werden von einer jungen Indianerin vorgeführt. Machen den spanischen Tritt, springen durchs Reifchen, über die Gerte etc. etc.
Frankfurt, J. G. Müller, s.d. (1860). - Typographic hand bill with xylographic bordure. Size: 13.5 x 9 inches. Minorily browned, but a fine copy. Very rare hand bill for a small and almost unknown menagerie, of which I only could find tiny advertisements in Bavarian periodicals from the years 1859/60. They mainly advertised the exhibition of well grown or particularly tall horses, in connection with the sale of exotic animals (monkeys, parrots and Asian cats). This hand bill though advertises the public exhibition of quite the opposite and appears to have been directed to a female audience, that would enter the Frankfurt autumnal fair : It would show the "smallest deer of the world – 6 inches tall and 8 years old, the darling and lap dog of the ladies of Java", "the rare and never shown musk deer (from Tibet)", and "two of the smallest and cutest nightingale monkeys of only 8 inches – the favourite toy of the ladies of Brazil". Stieglitz claims that none of his animals would be presented in a cage, but instead would freely show some tricks on a table under the guidance of a young Indian lady. 1001 g
      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Stefan Wulf]
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