NY: F. A. O. Schwarz, (c. 1900). Quarto. 8pp. With eight full-page chromolithographed illustrations. A clever “talking” book that reproduces the characteristic sounds of animals, including a donkey’s hee-haw, a sheep’s baa, and mama’s voice, with the pull of a string. Each creature is illustrated in color, and on the facing page is a rhyme about the animal and an arrow indicating which string to pull. The leaves of text are bound to a wooden box containing a vocal apparatus, intended to look like a book, with nine pull-strings attached to the “fore-edge.” The whole is bound in red cloth with pictorial label and gilt edges. Sound holes in the top and bottom edges of the box are carved in leaf shapes. In Movable Books, Peter Haining writes that this book is “the pièce de résistance of any collection of movables, or toy-books...an item of such charm and fascination that even the most blasé, modern parents or their children can hardly fail to be captivated by it.” Slight bumps to corners, minor scuffing to exterior, with a remarkably clean interior. An attractive example of a “talking book” with all the “speaking” parts in working order, with original publisher's box, which bears a paper label. Item #31764
(Gumuchian 3839; Haining, p. 136).