Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures. TRANSFORMATION BOOK, Fred E. WEATHERLY, William FOSTER, illustrator.
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures
Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures

Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures

London: Ernest Nister, 1895. Item #01761

A Very Fine Ernest Nister Transformation Book

[TRANSFORMATION BOOK] [WEATHERLY, Fred E.]. [FOSTER, William, illustrator]. Our Darlings' Surprise Pictures. [A Novel Panorama Picture Book]. London: Ernest Nister [n.d, ca. 1895].

Eight color transformation pictures with verses by Fred E. Weatherly. Black and white illustrations throughout. Small folio (12 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches; 317 x 250 mm.).

Original color glazed pictorial boards, original red cloth backstrip, original blue-green floral endpapers. Inner hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A very fine copy with the corners of the unmarked glazed boards nearly as sharp as on the day of publication.

Over the past forty-five years I have handled many, many Transformation books but I have never had a copy of this title -DJB.

"Another of the great makers of movable books was also a German - Ernest Nister, many of whose productions between 1891 to 1900 are regarded as among the most beautiful achievements of the entire genre… Ernest Nister's major contribution to the field was a large number of 'dissolving' picture books - developing further the earlier, rather rudimentary items produced by Dean - in which an illustration changed into a completely different scene at the pull of a tab. The effect was achieved through the pictures being printed on slats which slid over each other… One of Nister's busiest writers was a man named Frederic Edward Weatherly, (1848-1929), who, though he may not have been the most accomplished of poets, knew how to write verse that held the attention of children - a skill that he possibly developed reading to his own three children. Before turning to writing Weatherly had been a barrister, but he abandoned the law in favour of composing songs and verse, and during his life produced over thirty books for children." (Peter Haining. Movable Books - An Illustrated History, p.45).

Price: $1,850.00