Illustrated by Tom Seidmann-Freud, with text by Alice Dalgliesh
Rare first American edition of the modern picture book from the niece of Sigmund Freud – with new English text written by Dalgliesh after sharing Seidmann-Freud's images with a group of children.
PEREGRIN AND THE GOLDFISH
The first incarnation of this work 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. The English language edition of Seidmann-Freud's famous DIE FISCHREISE (1923) contains the 12 beautiful and unusual full-page color lithographs in her modern, stylized fashion – but the text has been changed. American children's book author Alice Dalgliesh felt that the German text was too long and complicated for American children, so she took the pictures to a classroom, where the children came up with a simple story line that Dalgliesh refined and sent back to Germany to the Peregrine Press to be printed. Very scarce.
Read more: Mahoney, Illustrators of Children's Books 1744-1945, 137; Foster & Headley, Education in the Kindergarten, 297.
Berlin and New York: Peregrin Press and Macmillan, 1929. 9'' x 11.75''. Original quarter cloth, paper pictorial boards. Illustrated by Seidmann-Freud with 12 full-page color lithographs.  pages. Faint rubbing and toning to boards, scribbling to rear board; overall clean internally.
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