GRÜNER, V. R. ~ Die Jugend in den Erholungstagen auf dem Lande... mit 6 kupfern begleitet mit deutsch-französisch-italineisch und böhmischen text. Vienna: [J. P. Sollinger for] Friedrich Wihelm Pfautsch, [n.d., c. 1830].
Oblong large 4to (206 × 265 mm), pp. , 15, , plus 6 handcoloured engraved plates by Grüner. Foxing to title and text, and sometimes (minimally) to plate margins which are nonetheless generally very clean. Original gazed pink paper printed wrappers, slightly faded and creased (small portion of lower forecorner of upper cover turned and almost detached. Oval letterpress prize label pasted to the inside upper wrapper (see below)
First (and presumably only) edition of a rare and delightful large format illustrated children’s book depicting boys and girls enjoying country life, including gardening and open air reading. The text is quadrilingual: German, French, Italian and Czech. This exceptionally well preserved copy bears a contemporary prize label, recording it as a prize to one Anna Kalser at the Pilsner Kreishhaupt-Schule (Bohemia). Very rare: no copy found in Worldcat. KVK records a single copy (Austrian National Library) of a variant issue (also undated) in 8vo format (paginated pp. 33, not 15 as in our oblong 4to, with the plates folded uncoloured).