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[Movable Book] Histoires Pour Rire.
Paris A. Capendu (c. 1880) Folio. (14)pp. This collection of comic animal stories is illustrated with six "pull-the-tab" movable chromolithographs designed by Lothar Meggendorfer for the publisher A. Capendu. One of Meggendorfer's innovations was to make multiple movements possible within one scene, using an internal mechanism of rivets and levers. In one, a monkey embraces a crying infant, shaking a rattle with one hand and offering a doll with its foot. In another scene, A fox runs away with geese under each arm, nodding its head as one goose opens and closes its beak in protest and the other struggles to be freed. Each illustration has a title and caption narrating the scene. The text of the stories appears on the facing verso of the pages, illustrated with black & white vignettes. The five stories included are "Un Vaniteux," "Farce de Singe," "Les Deux Chasseurs," "En Famille," and Lièvres et Choux." Capendu was well known as a French publisher of movable books and paper toys for children. Slightest rubbing to extremities, else a remarkably fine, bright copy in pictorial boards. A rare example of a large French movable book. (See Whitton, p. 68).
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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