Very scarce first English language edition of DAS ZAUERBOOT, "influenced by the discoveries of child-psychology which assign an active role to the child even when he is looking at pictures" (Hürlimann).
THE MAGIC BOAT
Seidmann-Freud's moveable books were immediately hailed for their innovations, but because of her Jewish heritage, most copies of her books were destroyed and very few remain intact today. In this book, there are a variety of moveable pages, including a revolving wheel and a Punch and Judy theatre. There is also a grid with cutouts that enables the reader to develop 4 different stories from one page, and a clever tale that lets the reader make part of the illustrations disappear using special red paper. Hürlimann notes that these books are impressive not only for their moveable parts but for their integration of suitable text with artistic achievement. A stunning copy: this is the nicest we have ever handled.
Read more: Hürlimann, Three Centuries of Children's Books in Europe, 216.
Berlin: Herbert Stuffer, . 9'' x 8''. Original quarter blue cloth, color pictorial paper boards. In remnants of original glassine. Additional original materials (one printed grid and one square red filter) tucked into publisher's flap at rear.  pages.
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