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Schartmann, Carl.  Zehn Winterabende oder Erzählungen eines Grossonkels aus der Natur, Länder, und Völkerkunde. Ein Bilderbuch den lieben Kindern gewidmet. Berlin: L.W. Krause, [1833]. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., 69, [3] pp.; 10 col. plts.

Sole edition of a scarce German children's reader: tales of faraway lands told by a loving great-uncle during the long, snowy nights of winter. Schartmann was the author of several popular juvenile adventure tales as well as children's works on history, art, and literature. This volume is => illustrated with a hand-colored title-page vignette and 11 hand-colored copperplates depicting animals and native costumes around the world. Present are a Patagonian man and woman, a jungle scene with lions, a sailing vessel in the Arctic with harpooners taking aim at a polar bear, the aftermath of a successful whale hunt, a kangaroo from "Neuholland," camels and pyramids in Egypt, etc.
        => WorldCat locates only one holding of this item, in Germany.
        Provenance: Contemporary neat inked ownership signature of Harriet Verner at top of title-page; her pencil note on front free endpaper "Mrs. Verner Aix la Chapell, July 1834." Most recently the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's quarter mauve paper and marbled paper–covered sides, housed in later folding marbled paper–covered case with gilt-stamped black cloth spine, the whole in a marbled paper–covered slipcase; binding rubbed, spine sunned, joints very tender, slipcase darkened. Frontispiece recto with pencilled gift inscription dated 1834, title-page with early inked ownership inscription as noted. Last two plates have had their intended chapter locations switched in binding. Pages clean — the little reader who owned this must have been very respectful.  (38649)   Please RESHELVE This.

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