Lebende Bilder. Lothar Meggendorfer.

Lebende Bilder

Munich: Verlag Braun & Schneider, ca.1890. Hardcover. Unpaginaged. 32 x 24 cm. Cover title, a pop-up book with eight full-page chromolithographed plates, each with a movable tab to set the scene in motion. The poems describing each plate are captioned: Herr Stabel, Die Jungser Kochin, Der Klavierspieler, Der Schreiber, Der Herr Magister, Der Tyroler Sanger, Fritzchen und der Kakadu, & Das naschafte Katzlein. "There is little doubt that the most elaborate and ingenious movables ever produced were those of the German Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) made during the 1880s and 1890s....the mechanisms and operations of Meggedorfer's books - not to mention the originality of the figures -- are far superior to any others published before or since. The devices that operated the various figures in his books consisted of a series of inter-connecting cardboard levers sandwiched between the coloured illustration on the front of the oblong leaf and the dummy pasted behind it. The animated limbs and heads were cut-out models on the front of the picture, and moving the tab set the whole scene in motion [see: HAINING, Movable Books, pp.65-73]. Overall a clean copy with all tabs functional, very slight rubbing to extremities, bookseller label, paste-down front endpaper of Brunnquell & Rohde, Milwaukee, WI. Orig. publisher's pictorial boards in a multitude of colors, black cloth spine. Very good. Item #21316

Price: $2,100.00

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