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Reid 4800. An illustrated German edition of 'Peter Schlemihl.' With some illustrations after George Cruikshank.
Lettered on the title page:
"Peter Schlemihl's wunderfame geschichte, mitgetheilt von Adelbert von Chamisso.
Dritte auflage, Nürnberg bei Johann Leonhard Shrag, 1835."
(Peter Schlemihl's wonderful story, told by Adelbert von Chamisso, Third edition, Nuremberg, 1835.)
The illustrations embellished with coloured borders with figurative patterns, are as follows:
1.' Frontispiece.': A messenger carrying a scroll and paintbrush seen in profile. The border is formed from snakes, leaves and fantastic creatures,printed in green.
2. Bound between pages 30 and 31. (After George Cruikshank Reid 1099). 'Peter Schlemihl selling his shadow to the man in the grey coat.' In a blue border formed from further scenes from the story.
3. Bound between pages 50 and 51. 'Alarm of the beautiful fairy [Fanny?] at discovering that her shadow was alone.' (See comments)
4. Bound between pages 78 and 79. (After George Cruikshank Reid 1102). 'The man in the grey coat annoying Peter Schlemihl for not selling his soul by showing him two shadows both attached to his own person.'
5. Bound between pages 88 and 89. (After George Cruikshank, Reid 1103.) 'Peter Schlemihl chasing the shadow of the man with the invisible charm. In a border formed of trees with two seated figures above and a narrative scene below printed in brown ink.'
6. Peter Schlemihl riding his horse and looking back over his shoulder at the devil. With a border formed of trees, foliage and scenes from the story.
7. Bound between pages 116 and 117. (After George Cruikshank, Reid 1104) 'The man in the grey coat showing Peter Schlemihl the pale and ghastly form of Thomas Jones which he has drawn from his pocket by the hair of the head.' With a border formed from roses, three bust length figures above and a seated figure below, printed in brown.
8. Bound between pages 128 and 129. (After George Cruikshank, Reid 1105) 'Peter Schlemihl in the seven league boots springing from the Elias to Asia across Behring's Straits.' The border, printed in gold, is composed of palms a compass and scenes of global travel including mountains and a Chinese Pagoda.
9. Bound between pages 134 and 135. (After George Cruikshank, Reid 1106) 'Peter, in his hurry to escape from the white bear, stepping into the sea through only half releasing one of his feet from the slipper.' The border, printed in gold is formed of foliage, a dog at the top left hand corner and a man at the top right, a bearded man in a bed below with a man and woman seated at either side.
A letterpress book with etched illustrations.
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Height: 164 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 96 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description based on GW Reid, 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank' 1871
Cruikshank's original illustrations were produced in 1823 from the version of the tale by Lamotte Fouqué.
The titles given to prints in the collections register differ from those in Reid's catalogue.
Illustration 3, 1870,1210.151 is listed as Schlemihl walking with Fanny in the garden, though it may be a variation of Reid 1100 'Alarm of the beautiful fairy [Fanny] at discovering that her shadow was alone.' (Reid's catalogue gives an incorrect title for this print. The text states that the character named Fanny is alarmed at seeing her shadow alone. See 1873,0510.1497- 1873,0510.1404. p.24. "Fanny perceived but one shadow, her own.")
Not all of Cruikshank's illustrations have been reproduced and some of the illustrations differ.
Reid 4800 provides further information on the different editions of this story. Cruikshank's illustrations were first produced in 1823 but the first edition of the book is usually dated to 1824.
This edition does not contain all of Cruikshank's illustrations and two plates, not described by Reid are attributed to E. Day.
Cohn comments (475). "Some curious editions of this work were issued were issued some years after the date of the first in Leipsic, Germany, both in French and German, by a publisher SL Shrag, in which etchings by GC are surrounded by a grotesque border in colours and are well reproduced. Characteristically Cruikshank's signature has been removed and the edition called "Originale."
The present version was published in Nuremberg with the publisher's name JL Schrag. However, Cohn's reference to the distinctive coloured borders suggests that it is related to this description.
The Department of Prints and Drawings holds an edition of 'Peter Schlemihl' published in Leipzig by Schrag 1866, 1013.860 (160.a.25). However, its illustrations are not by or after Cruikshank and have been attributed to Menzel.
For another edition of Peter Schlemihl with some illustrations after Cruikshank, see 165*a.26 1873,0510.1497 and for another edition (illustrations not by Cruikshank) see 1873,0510.1497.
For unmounted versions of Cruikshank's illustrations see:
A copy of Friedrich von Raumer, Konig Friedrich II und seine zeit' (1836) is bound with Peter Schlemihl.
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- The title-page has been cut.
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