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    Ernst Nister. In and Out and Round About. London: Ernst Nister and New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [n.d., ca. 1885].

    First edition. Illustrated by Ernst Nister. Printed and assembled in Bavaria. Octavo. Unpaginated.

    Original color illustrated paper over boards and green cloth backstrip. With 6 slat full-page chromolithograph transformations with bottom pull-tabs with text in verse including 3 dogs dressed in red soldier uniforms changed into a different breed in white-and-blue sailor uniforms; a boy holding 2 puppies into a girl with 2 kittens; a girl on a rocking horse into Miss Muffet frightened by a spider; a Punch about to put a muzzle on an angry Toby into a Punch being bitten on his large nose by the dog; a girl sitting reading with 2 cats reading over her shoulders into a standing girl watching a bad kitten destroy a house of cards; a happy baby with a cat by his side into a crying baby with a big insect just under his chin. The transformations are all in working order, and are complete, but the final one needs to be adjusted slightly to get the full effect. Boards with light shelf wear and color illustration bright. Internal contents toned and soiled from use. With the original dust jacket, soiled with loss from the bottom and top edges of the front panel. Amazing to have retained the original dust jacket. Very good condition.

    Ernest Nister's company was centered in Nuremburg, a center for toy making in the late nineteenth century. Between 1891 and 1900, his company produced many children's books of superior quality in both illustration and printing. Nister productions included a number of innovative movables. In addition to being marketed in Germany, the books were also produced especially for an English audience from Nister's London headquarters, and also for an American audience through the publisher Dutton. From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.


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