Die Krippe. - Ein Bilderbuch zum Aufstellen.
Illustrated by: Wagner, Paul Hermann (1852-1937)
Publisher: J.F. Schreiber., Esslingen bei Stuttgart., 1888
According to Hildegard Krahe, This book was created by Paul Hermann Wagner for J.F. Schreiber in 1888.
VG condition, all original with no tears. No missing or torn pieces. All pop-ups are in excellent working
order. A mans head has a bend which has a minor reinforcement on the back side. One of the 3 panel cloth spines has been restored.
DIE KRIPPE: A beautiful triptych of three pop-up panels
depicting the birth of Christ.
The front cover is a
manger scene showing a lovely Mary holding the Christ child while Joseph gazes
skyward toward bright streaming rays of light. Four shepherds kneel in
adoration with sheep and oxen present.
But the wonder of the book becomes evident when opened and the panel
boards pulled down the scene becomes a 14 X 33" free standing scene
presenting the complete sacred event.
The left panel (as
you face the triptych) depicts a stable scene with pop-up sheep, a cow and a
man holding his camel.
The panel to the
right has a man atop a richly draped camel as an angel holding a palm branch
lifts her arm. It is in this center panel that the triptych
is focused. But it is an unusual
presentation. Joseph and Mary holding
the babe are in the background. The four
layers of pop-ups depict those in adoration .
There are animals, wise men, shepherds and a mother holding doves as her
child gazes in wonder toward the child.
It is here that you the observer become part of the scene. Like those depicted with their backs toward
us looking toward the child we also face
the manger scene and become participants in the holy event. The richness of details and color are too
complex to adequately describe so please enjoy looking at the photographs.
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