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Slovenly Peter's Story Book
by Heinrich Hoffmann[?]

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Author Name: None given but probably by (or after) Heinrich Hoffmann
Title: Slovenly Peter's Story Book
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: Unknown
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros., New York, [187-?]
Pages: Unpaginated: [1] leaf, [48] p., col. ill.
Page Size: 12 mo (about 5 by 7 inches or 12.5 by 18 cm)
Book Condition: Fair/no Dust Jacket; Ex-Library
Price: $300 USD Misfiled in Inventory. Looking for it.

The terra cotta (reddish) cover is embossed in red and gold with a black background and illustrated showing one of the illustration from the Jimmy Sliderlegs story in the book. The cover is rubbed and corners are bumped with an accession number(?) on the spine and about 1/4-1/2 inch of the cloth cover is missing on the bottom spine. Usual ex-library marking inside including the stamps and pocket and glued 'date due' form in back. Previous owners(?) name on front flyleaf. One page bottom was cut poorly (in the binding process?) so it became rubbed and folded. Separating at gutter back of title page. Several pages are lightly soiled/smudged not affecting text nor illustration. Text and pages generally bright as are the illustrations. The stories are The Dirty Child, The Little Glutton, Tom the Thief, Little Jacob, Sammy Tickletooth, Untidy Tom, Little Suck-a-Thumb, Jimmy Sliderlegs, Carrie and the Candle, and Rocking Philip. For the stories, there are color illustrations at the top of each page (48 in all approximately a half page in size) as well as a small additional illustration at the beginning of several of the stories.

This copy of a scarce American rhyming juvenile is one of the spinoffs on the German Struwwelpeter series by Lustige Geschichten [Heinrich Hoffmann] and appears to take its name from Mark Twain's English translation which was called "Slovenly Peter." Mcloughlin Brothers "Slovenly Peter" series, published in last four decades of the nineteenth century, contains American versions of Heinrich Hoffmann's stories or stories inspired by him. See "Struwwelpeter, humor or horror?: 160 years later" by Barbara Smith Chalou. Each story here also has a clear moral that demonstrates the consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way and, again like the original, the stories are written in verse. There appears to be several editions of this particular title. OCLC gives editions at 16 cm., 18 cm., and 20 cm. This copy [the 18 cm. one] may be the earliest, OCLC gives a date of [1860?] for the 18 cm copy, [187-?] for the 16 cm. copy. and [1879?] for the 20 cm. copy. The 16 cm copy has a different cover and different order of the stories. An e-book version can be seen at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. The 20 cm. copy was possibly a 'collectors edition' or special edition of some kind as OCLC and the American Antiquarian Society library have information to the effect of "Cautionary tales in verse either written by or in the style of Heinrich Hoffmann. 'Bound toy books. ... They are elegantly bound in cloth, with beveled edges; embossed in black and gold; covers mounted with fine illustrations in oil colors and varnish. ... Slovenly Peter [sic] story book ... 12mo. 48 pages. Each page illustrated. Printed in colors.'--McLoughlin Brothers' catalogue of toy books (New York, [1879]). Pictorial label of Jimmy Sliderlegs sliding down the bannister is affixed to upper cover. Title leaf printed in blue ink. Illustrations printed in color by a relief process (i.e., zinc etching?). Some illustrations signed by Edward P. Cogger."

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