Die Uhr: Ein Lehrreiches
First edition Esslingen bei Stuttgart , J. F. Schreiber . Publishing
With 24 full page
color-lithogr. illustrations by L. Meggendorfer and 2 movable clocks
8.5” tall X 11 1/2" wide - (22,5 x 29,5 cm)
Note that this is the
rare “Esslingen bei Stuttgart” 1897 FIRST edition* not the more
common 1907 “Esslingen u. München” second edition which was considerably simplified in its design. The only other first edition that we
have seen sold for $2,592 at the Ketterer & Kunst auction.
Condition: See photos. The book
is in good original condition with no repairs other than the replacement of
the hands on the clocks. There is wear on the corners of the
boards/covers. Light scratches and wear on the boards. The original cloth spine is in
very good condition with minor rubbing. The pages are tight and in excellent
condition with occasional small bend lines as the pages were turned. Pages 7-8 have marks at top corner border
sections and a small inner edge of page 2 from pages sticking (see photographs). The aging of the book can
be seen in the inevitable darkening and some foxing of the back cover and the
insides of each cover. The pages have very slight soiling mostly related to
turning at corners. The colors remain
bright and clear.
After more than a
hundred years it is still a delight to share a long and lovely day with the
The book contains 24
pages each representing many daily activities with openings for the clock faces
allowing a view of the mounted clocks with movable metal pointers (hands) to
indicate the time. There are two clocks, one mounted inside the front cover the
other inside back cover. The text is in verse by Ferdinand Feldigl describing
the hours of the day for educational purposes.
The very decorative
cover illustrates a child pointing to a clock.
The inside pages illustrate children's activities beginning at 6 o'clock
with a smiling young girl getting out of bed.
The pages continue with very colorful illustrations of charming
children including breakfast, going to
school, teacher in classroom, recess playing, cheering at lunch time, eating
lunch, walking boys, music
class with singing lesson, playing on the way home, mother with tray of food,
boy and girl playing ,boy doing homework, children ready for bed, father locks
the front door, bird on a limb with full moon, and a boy sound asleep. these
are followed by lovely scenes of a lake, a church in moonlight, a big-eyed owl,
a cock crowing, a pink sky, a sleeping
bird and finally the young girl soundly sleeping. The pictures depict
interesting period dress and are surrounded in a wide variety of decorative
borders beautifully enhancing each page.
Paperboxx website which lists Meggendorfer Titles:
1897 The clock .An instructive picture book Text by Ferdinand Feldigl . Esslingen : Schreiber
1897. 4 ° With 24 colored illustrations and two clocks with adjustable
pointers. That . Changed 2 Ed - Esslingen and Munich : Schreiber in 1907. 8 °
27 pages with 24 , including 12 color illustrations . English edition: What's
O'Clock ? London: Grevel 1897. - French edition
lehrreiches Bilderbuch Text von Ferdinand Feldigl. Esslingen: Schreiber 1897.
4° Mit 24 farbigen Illustrationen und 2 Uhren mit verstellbaren Zeigern. Dass.
Veränderte 2. Aufl. — Esslingen u. München: Schreiber 1907. 8° 27 Seiten mit
24, davon 12 farbigen Illustrationen. Englische Ausgabe:
What's O'Clock? London: Grevel 1897. - Französische Ausgabe: Quelle Heure
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