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Album of Watercolors and Color Pencil Drawings of Three Children and a Few Other Subjects

Published by 1882-1884, 1888-9, 1924-7, 1882
Condition: Good Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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A fabulous collection of a child's nearf-realistic renderings of three siblings, Carl, Hermann and Leslie, along with a few other fanciful illustration. Probably German, at least in part, and possibly English, based on the spelling of the name Hermann, although Leslie is an unlikely German name. Three pages in the back are made up of ledger like entries from the 1920s relating to the sale of postcards, and these entries are in German. One might conjecture that this latter use of the notebook was made by one of the two boys now a grown-up who reached for something that was just laying around for recordkeeping purposes, and thus this would tend to reinforce the German orgin of the book. Otherwise, the focal point of interest in the album should be the colored pencil and watercolored illustrations of the children posing or engaged in quiet activities and play. A favorite is bound to be of Hermann training a poodle who is erect, or perhaps one boy pulling the legs of another seated, uneasily, on a chair, or perhaps Carl sitting in from of a tall tower made from a Lego-like set of blocks. Other illustrations worth mention include that of two Indians and an elephant, a portrait of a gorilla, and a sketch of a tower ruin with an archway. There are twenty-two pages of completed, or mostly completed, images in color, in addition to a bunch of others partly executed or in pencil. The album binding is that of a notebook and it is quite scuffed. Some soiling throughout, with a few leaves of heavier foxing. Nonetheless, an extraordinary example of its kind, mostly, if not entirely, by one hand. Bookseller Inventory # 002268

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Title: Album of Watercolors and Color Pencil ...

Publisher: 1882-1884, 1888-9, 1924-7

Publication Date: 1882

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Good

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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