Topsys & Turvys


Published by The Century Co, New York, 1902
From Riverrun Books & Manuscripts (Hastings on Hudson, NY, U.S.A.)

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Oblong quarto. Color illustrations. Original glazed pictorial boards. Each page offers a metapicture, framed by a couple -- the first line appears below the image and right-side up, the second line above and upside-down. One turns the book 180 degrees to complete the rhyme, and perspective completely alters the picture's meaning (see 'Keywords for Children's Literature, ed. Philip Nel and Lisa Paul, New York: NYU Press, 2011, p.182). First published in 1893, with a second series in 1894, this edition was used -- presumably due to the greater clarity of reproductions of Newell's illustrations -- for the Dover reprint in 1964. The book has been celebrated in modern times as an exemplar of metafiction. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper, some wear with light loss at extremities. Bookseller Inventory # 121657

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Title: Topsys & Turvys

Publisher: The Century Co, New York

Publication Date: 1902

Binding: Illustrated Boards

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Established in 1978, Riverrun was purchased in 2016 by Tom Lecky, former head of Christie's New York book department, and an auction veteran with over 25 years of experience in the field. Riverrun stocks over 30,000 books, specializing in fine, rare, and unusual books from all periods and genres. There are large holdings in literature, signed and inscribed books, early printed books, Americana, illustrated books, fine, press, science fiction, and scholarly books.

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