Exceptionally rare and historically important, original 1891 "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" first edition of Lothar Meggendorfer's large format, Chromolithographed Pop-Up / Mechanical Toy Book titled "Buffalo Bill's Wilder Westen / Ein Bilderbuch zum Aufstellwn fur Kinder" ("Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: A Children’s Picture Book for Display") being the among the earliest and most highly sought after Pop-Up Books ever published. Published in a German Edition only, this exceptionally rare Toy Book combines the Wild West "action" of Buffalo Bill's Wild West with the Meggendorfer's design to create one of THE most impressive Pop-Up books we have ever encountered.
This fantastic, early Children’s (and adult's) Chromolithograph Pop-Up Book measures approx. 9 3/4" by 13 1/4" and features 6, full page scenes that were part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West - the Wild West Show that toured Europe a number of times in the late 19th century to great acclaim. The cover of the Volume features a past-down, chromolithograph that includes a portrait of a young and handsome William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody at the upper left and a scene of 2 Native American Indians on horseback doing battle with a cowboy on horseback. Besides the title, the only other text on the cover reads "Verlag von J. F. Schreiber in Esslinger bei Stuttgart" ("Publisher JF Schreiber in Esslingen near Stuttgart").
The volume opens accordion-like with each of the heavy weight, paperboard panels featuring a 4 level pull down / pop-up scene. The scenes include:
- A fantastic scene depicting a buffalo hunt with cowboys and Indians working together in the hunt.
- Roping of wild horses on the open plain with cowboys and Indians again working together.
- An Attack on a Settlers Home. Here we see Indians in attacking the family of settlers with guns, knives, bows and arrows - scalping a man and carrying off a screaming woman. Cowboys are riding to the rescue and the rescuers are seen under attack by Indians on both foot and horseback.
- An Indian Attack on the Deadwood Stagecoach - a mainstay of every Buffalo Bill’s Wild West performance.
- A Scene in a Native American Indian Camp with Buffalo Bill Cody in the saddle of his cherished white horse Isham meeting peacefully with the Indians - cowboys and Indians are gathered together - most on horseback and it appears pease and friendship now reigns.
- The final “tableaux” depicts cowboys on horseback hunting a wildcat who is seen feeding on a deer kill.
The back cover of the Volume features extensive text which gives a history of Buffalo Bill Cody, some information about the show and detailed descriptions of each of the 6 scenes included in the Book. This text is written in German and we leave the translation to the next owner.
There is some question as to whether Lothar Meggendorfer actually designed this Volume. His name does not appear on this 1st Edition of 1891 and only appears on modern reprints. The Catalogue Raison of the works of Lothar Meggendorfer does list this work as being by Meggendorfer and several nineteenth century English publisher’s advertisements can be found listing this work as a Meggendorfer (for example “The Publishers' Circular and Booksellers' Record of British and Foreign Literature” Volume 55 page 374 published in 1891 lists 3 newly published Meggendorfer “Theatrical Toybooks” as: “International Circus”, “Buffalo Bill”, and “The Doll's House”). The questions arise from the fact that the artistic style is not similar to any other known Meggendorfer work. The book style and paper engineering are very similar to other Meggendorfer masterpieces such as the “International Circus“. The publisher is also the same as the other Meggendorfer Pop-Up Books. It has been speculated that a different artist created the scenes while Meggendorfer did the paper engineering.
The Pop-Up Books of Lothar Meggendorfer are some of the earliest and most highly desirable Volumes to collectors of this genera. We have found very few examples that were printed in English but the early German editions often sell in the $2000.00 to $5000.00 range or more. While we can find no recent sale records and WorldCat locates only 7 examples in held in Library or Museum collections, we did find a single example which is presently being offered in a bookseller’s catalog - that example has significantly more wear to the rear cover and is priced at $5,500.00.
This exceptionally rare and important, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Pop-Up Book is in excellent condition. It is bound in its original, chromolithographed, paste-down paper over thick paperboards with red cloth spine. The covers are intact, sound and very well preserved with age toning, some soiling and light edge wear to both front and rear covers. The interior Scenes are complete, tightly bound and exceptionally well preserved. All of the die cut, drop down pieces are present and well preserved. There is so staining, soiling, tears, loss or significant damage to any of the parts or backgrounds. There is some very light edge wear to the spine and outer edges of the die cuts but no chipping or significant loss. The final tableaux has 4 light, horizontal creases to the most forward die cut piece but this is the only significant flaw to this wonderful Work. We have included numerous scans of each page of the Volume and ask potential buyers to take the time to examine the images for a good indication of the content and condition of this wonderful Volume.
Until we purchased this fantastic Volume, we were unaware that there existed a 19th century, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West subject Pop-Up Book of any kind - we had never seen or even heard of such a thing in 34+ years of dealing in Buffalo Bill items and we are proud to be able to offer this rare and fantastic Volume here, as always, without reserve and with the confidence that it will attract the serious attention that it justly deserves.
An exceptionally rare and highly desirable, 1891 first edition of Lothar Meggendorfer's large format, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" Chromolithographed Pop-Up / Mechanical Toy Book and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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