Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • 1890s Book Covers from Toddles Travels

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    These are the 1890s Book Covers from Toddles Travels by an unnamed author, published by E. P. Dutton & Co of New York and printed by Ernest Nister of London at Nuremberg, Germany.  Ernest Nister was a well-known printer of movable books for children (being the first to invent the automatic pop-up book) and ephemera (postcards, calendars and greeting cards).  It is not known if he contributed to the illustrations of the books he edited and printed, but he would sometimes remove the artist's name and replace it with his own.  Each of these book covers measures 7.5" high by 5.625" wide with the gray green cloth spine still attached to the back cover.  The front cover shows a blonde toddler girl in a white dress with a pink bow crawling up a short set of burgundy carpeted stairs toward a white kitten.  Her smiling face is turned toward the viewer.  A gold ball sits in a thick white carpet at the bottom.  The title appears as a tag with pale blue ribbon.  The back cover is a gray fawn color with no embellishments.  The interiors of both covers have been papered with a pale Art Nouveau pattern of vegetation which have discolored over time.  The back cover has missing paper on the upper left hand corner.  Both interiors have writing in pencil: "Leslie Bachman  Cedar Rapids  Iowa" (on the front) and "Mr. Leslie Bachman  Robins  Iowa  R.F.D. #1" (on the back).  These 1890s Book Covers from Toddles Travels are in Fair condition with the wear mentioned and additional edge and corner damage.  However, the cover illustration is in Good condition with only two small areas of discoloration.  Ideal for use in collage or other art project.