Very rare Ernest Nister moveable pop-up book circa 1890 with illustrations of cats in the style of Louis Wain. Louis Wain worked as an illustrator for Ernest Nister and his work at this time was often not credited. This oversize book has 5 pop-ups which are in excellent condition with a slight bend to one of the ducks bayonets and a very slight area of paper loss to one pop-up as pictured. The pop-ups are on heavy paper. The other pages have somewhat browned. There is a slight stain on the back cover. There is tape on the spine and some pages have tape as pictured.
Ernest Nister 1841-1906 was a publisher and printer of movable books for children. His firm was based in Nuremberg. He invented the automatic pop-up book. Most of these didn’t survive the play of many children. Books are very rare and found in library archives and antiquarian bookstores.
Louis Wain known for his cat illustrations worked as an illustrator for Nister as did Beatrix otter who sold a series of illustrations to Nister in 1894. Nister was known to remove the names of other illustrators and even insert his own name for credit.
These movable pop-up illustrations are in many collections. Osborne and Lillian H Smith Collection etc.
Date: Circa 1890
Marks: New York E.P. Dallon and Co, London, Ernest Nister, Printed in Bavaria.
Size: 12.5 x 10 inches
Condition: Pop-ups in excellent condition with very small area of paper loss to circus cat. Slight bend to one of the ducks bayonets. Some browning to pages as expected. Stain to back cover, bumping to edges on cover. Evidence of tape on back page as shown. Book intact but some pages separating from binding as shown. Would benefit from professional re-binding.
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Ernest Nister Moveable Pop-Up Book Circa 1890, Louis Wain
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