Fünfzig Fabeln für Kinder

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Speckter, Otto
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1833
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A special claim of this edition is that it presents Speckter's lithographs as they appeared in the original edition of 1833. Alfred Janssen claims in the foreword (dated 1912) that even the second edition changed the illustrations--and not by Speckter's hand. Then, apparently, woodcuts began replacing the lithographs as early as 1845, and these woodcuts have found the broadest dissemination. I checked the first three illustrations here against the comparative material I have, and I come away confused. The 1978 edition of 100 Hey/Speckter fables from Opera Verlag claims to be an originalgetreuer Nachdruck der beiden Erstausgaben, which for the first fifty fables it places in 1836, not 1833. The illustrations in that Opera edition are different from those in this Westermann edition. For what it is worth, those in One Hundred Picture Fables, With Rhymes (1879?) are different from both of the above! I may be prejudiced now, but I prefer the Westermann illustrations. The snowman on 7 is a good example of why. Going further with an informed comparative study would be delightful. This (second?) printing represents copies between ten and fifteen thousand.
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Georg Westermann
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