• Struwwelpeter


    Heinrich Hoffmann.


    London: George Routledge & Sons, 1909. Quarto. Edge-worn pictorial boards, interior toned, lavishly illustrated throughout. 24 pages. Printed in Holland. Good.


    The English Struwwelpeter Or Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures. Originally published in Germany in 1845, the book is comprised of ten illustrated and rhymed stories. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of bad behavior. Der Struwwelpeter is one of the earliest illustrated children's books, as such an important precursor to the comic book. The titular character—the Shock-headed Peter—was also a point of inspiration for Freddy Krueger and Edward Scissorhands. Honestly, this book has it all: bespectacled cigarette smoking rabbits shooting guns, a wizard in a red bath robe dunking tiny men in a giant ink well, a young woman on fire flanked by panicked talking cats, etc. Former children's book, so it's worn, but still in collectible condition. Adored by Dwight Schrute. 


    "And the sloven, I declare,
    Never once has combed his hair;
    Anything to me is sweeter
    Than to see Shock-headed Peter."