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1 Anton, Prudencia, illustrator. Based on the original by Helen Bannerman El Negrito Sambo. Cuento Tropical
Barcelona "Exclusivas Durve". Union Distribuidora de Ediciones. Wraps Near Fine 
Scarce, with no copies of this shape book version of "Sambo" located on OCLC FirstSearch. N.d., circa 1950. 26 by 16 cm, at tallest and widest. Unpaginated, 12 pp., plus wraps. Each page one half to two thirds filled with colorful illustrations that are quite distinct from the original better known illustrations, and in our view, are less caricature-ish, with Sambo also a somewhat more mature boy. Other than a tiny pinprick-sized, inconspicuous hole on center of front cover, pristine. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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2 Anton (?) German Folk Art Manuscript Breviary
A breviary, or devotional book, done entirely by hand, filled with simple, or naive, vignettes exemplifying the folk art traditions of rural Germany -- also known as "Fraktur" -- in the early nineteenth century. The cursive script is done by a steady, painstakingly meticulous hand, and thus attains the fluidity and regularity of calligraphy, although the shape of some letters is unlike more modern script and thus reading the text will be a challenge to many readers nowadays. The artlessness of the art is much of the appeal, but one would be wrong to think of the author/compiler as a mere bumpkin. The mere act of composing such a prayer aid would distinguish him from most of the population at a time when illiteracy was still rife. He also paginated his manuscript. There are 102 pages, each a compact 14 by 9 cm, or 5.5 by 3.5 inches. The manuscript ends with a most charming touch -- a flap that one pulls away from a wreath, and a cameo portrait, possibly of the author, above. The flap appears to have the author's name, Anton, and a surname which oddly can not be made out because the letters are alien to us. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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