The offering is for Slovenly Peter by the German physician and writer Heinrich Hoffman. Published in 1845, it is an illustrated collection of cautionary tales for young children. Our 1935 edition is one of the earliest LEC titles, and certainly one of the loveliest. The stories feature such characters as the title character, a boy whose untamed appearance is matched by his naughty behavior, a child who plays with matches and is burned to ashes; and a tailor who cuts off the thumbs of children who suck them.The tales in the collection are by some lights amusing and harmless and by others excessively gruesome and frightening. Our translation from the German is by that famed curmudgeon Mark Twain, who no doubt identified with many of the characters. For illustrations, we have one of my all-time favorite LEC water colorists, Fritz Kredel. Kredel used his masterful brushes to reproduce his own versions of the original drawings of the 1845 publication.
He attempted to preserve every aspect of Dr. Hoffmann's pictures, to feed into them a better sense of composition and a better drawn line and a finer sense of color. Fred Fulton, who has a New York atelier, took the Kredel drawings and used stencils to reproduce them all by hand. Some of the illustrations have four and five colors in addition to black, some have nine and ten; for each color, a special stencil had to be cut, and laid against the black outline of the illustration. Fulton's elves plied water color brushes on the stencils, leaving the color at the point just precisely where it is supposed to appear.
Edward Alonzo Miller of The Marchbanks Press designed and printed our edition, and for the text he chose Caslon type, a type known for its readability. For the paper, the Worthy Paper Company specially produced one made of rags, in a deep natural tone. Our book is bound with a bright red leather spine upon which the title is stamped in gold. The sides of the boards are covered with a natural linen, upon which a design is lithographed in bright colors.
The design was made especially by LeRoy H. He took a series of the familiar characters out of Hoffmann's book and wove them into an fascinating and spell-binding pattern. The slipcase has a solander case inside, which serves as an outer wrapping of the binding. This is number 1010 of 1500 copies, and is signed by Fritz Kredel.
The offer should appeal to any audience that appreciates children's literature, and would be a delightful book to hold and read to a young child, not only because of Mark Twain's catchy jingles but also because of the fantastic color illustrations of Mr. Also, it goes without saying, that any serious collector of LEC titles will need this one because of its quality and early publication date.
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