(Peep Show)

Dean's New Magic Peep Show Picture Book Showing Wonderful and Lifelike Effects of Real Distance and Space.

London: Dean & Son, c. 1860. Quarto. (4)ff. Illustrated with four hand-colored peep-shows, which show the Crystal Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the Thames Tunnel. Each peep-show is made up of six panels, each of which has been carefully colored. The Thames Tunnel is shown as a double peep-show, the upper half being on the river, the lower being beneath. This is the first title in a planned series by the leading publisher of books with movable parts, but, perhaps owing to the extremely fragile nature of the format, no other title was produced. Prior to 1850, movable books were published primarily for adults. Dean & Son were the first publishers to specialize in movable books for children. (Whitton, p.56). Bound n the original cloth-backed pictorial boards, which show general wear and creasing. Light foxing throughout, and, save for a repaired tear on outer panel of Westminster Abbey, the peepshows are in fine condition. A remarkable copy of this rarest of all Dean's movable books, and the only book with multiple peep-shows in the text. Item #30913

(Gestetner 273).

Price: $7,500.00