Frankfurt: Rutten & Loening, ca. 1905. Cardboard covers. 15th edition, quarto size, 24 pp., all text in German. Good +. Item #17071607
Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894) although a successful psychiatrist, is remembered primarily for his children's stories - Struwwelpeter, his first book, being one of the most famous.
While the stories may strike us today as somewhat cruel or overly moral, Herr Hoffmann's contemporaries saw the world differently than we and they enjoyed their humour; the stories were so popular they were regularly reprinted and translated into many different languages. This work, Prinz Grunewald, was his last children's book, with delightful illustrations whose colours remain bright and vibrant.
___DESCRIPTION: Pictoral cardboard covers with a blue cloth spine, 15th edition printed at the top of the front board, bright red endpapers, text block stapled to boards, not sewn, pictorial title page, each page printed on the recto only and each page with both text and illustration(s), all text in old German (Fraktur); quarto size (approximately 10.25" tall), 24 printed pages.
___CONDITION: Almost very good overall, with a solid binding, the binding and pages toned with age, but clean and the colour illustrations remarkably bright and fresh; the cloth spine is sunned with some wear to both the head and tail, minor overall edgewear, the title and final pages were stapled to both the boards and the text block, which has resulted over time with very small tears at the staples, and there is a child's name written on the rear pastedown.
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