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A rare pop-up book showing animals in the wild and in a zoo



Grosse Menagerie. Heute und jeden Tag, so oft man's sehen Mag. Grosse Vorstellung von Tieren auf zwei Beinen und auf Vieren.

Esslingen, Gedruckt und verlegt von J. F. Schreiber, [1882?].


35 x 25 cm. [2] pp. [6] leaves of lithographed plates, each containing a panel, which when lifted reveals a three dimensional pop-up scene with rhymed text on the page below. In original publisher's half cloth, the front board with lithographed.

The leaves were held together with four staples, most leaves, however, have been detached and strengthened with strips of paper and, in two instances, with strips of cloth. The pop-up scenes, however, are rather well-preserved, with only some minor damages: a few bars of the cages have been torn, and one part of the aquarium has a tear in the upper left hand corner. The most serious damage is a parrot that has been detached (and loosely inserted).


Ref. Pressler, Schöne alte Kinderbücher, p. 204 (erroneously(?) calling for 7 plates), image 146.


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