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Reid 4800. An edition of the German fairy-tale Peter Schlemihl translated from German by Emilie de Rouillon with illustrations after George Cruikshank.
Lettered on the title-page: "Peter Schlemihl. A New Translation from the German by Emilie de Rouillon." With the quotation: 'On peut conclure que la plus légère concession qui compromet la conscience peut nous conduire plus loin que nous ne pensons.' With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: J. Souter, 131, Fleet Street; and J. Fletcher, Norwich." Verso: "Norwich: Printed by Josiah Fletcher."
With the following illustrations:
1. Frontispiece (not in Reid's catalogue.) A bearded man dressed in a frogged tunic carrying a letter in his hand with a scroll-case hanging at his side. (A monogram "E.D." below his right his foot.)
2. Reid 1099. 'Peter Schlemihl selling his shadow to the man in the grey coat.' Bound opposite page 10.
3. Reid 1100. 'The alarm of the beautiful Fairy [Fanny] at discovering that her shadow was alone.' Bound opposite page 24.
4. 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.' Bound opposite page 46.
5. Reid 1103. 'Peter Schlemihl chasing the shadow of the man with the invisible charm.' Bound opposite page 51.
6. (Not described in Reid's catalogue.) Schlemihl riding his horse and looking back over his shoulder at the Devil. With the monogram E. Day (?) at the foot of the page. Bound opposite page 65.
7. Reid 1104. 'The man in the grey coat showing Peter Schlemihl the pale and ghastly form of Thomas Jones [Johns], which he has drawn from his pocket by the hair of the head.' Bound opposite page 72.
8. Reid 1105. 'Peter Schlemihl in the seven league boots, springing from the Elias to Asia across Behring's Straits.' Bound opposite page 80.
9. Reid 1106. 'Peter in his hurry to escape from the white bear, stepping into the sea, through only hald releasing one of his feet from the slipper.' Bound opposite page 83.
Etching and letterpress
- Production date
- 1823-1824 (c.)
Height: 145 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 85 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Description based on GW Reid 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.' 1871.
Reid's catalogue gives an incorrect title for 1100 'The alarm of the beautiful Fairy at discovering her shadow was alone.' 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."
For a German edition of 'Peter Schlemihl.' where Cruikshank and Day's plates have been embellished with decorative frames, see 1870, 1210.149-157. 184.f.26/1.
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.
For unmounted versions of Cruikshank's illustrations see:
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- Associated titles
Associated Title: Peter Schlemihl
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- Prints and Drawings
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1873,0510.1498-1505