First edition and only edition of what many consider Seidmann-Freud's finest work, with her characteristically strange hand-colored illustrations.
Seidmann-Freud was Sigmund's niece, an innovator in writing and illustrating books for children in Germany. This was the first children's book of the Peregrin Press, founded by the artist and her husband, the journalist Jakob Seidmann, as part of the avant-garde crowd in 1920s Munich and Berlin. Seidmann-Freud's pochoir images bring to children's books concepts from Constructivism with a touch of the surreal – they deserve more recognition today, which is partially inhibited by her books' scarcity: they "disappeared from bookstores in about 1937 owing to the author's non-Aryan descent" (Hürlimann). Scarce, especially in this condition.
Berlin: Peregrin-Verlag, (1924). 9'' x 12''. Original quarter tan cloth, color pictorial paper boards. 12 full-page illustrations by Seidmann-Freud hand-colored in pochoir. Text in German.  pages. Faint rubbing, a few spots, and marginal toning to boards.
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