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Panoramic Pictures at the Zoo
1 Panoramic Pictures at the Zoo
New York Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company Leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920s. Oblong leporello with six pop-up cages housing lions, tigers, camels, zebras, deer and bears. Behind the cage bars lie a more naturalistic setting, as opposed to the stone and brick of standard zoo architecture of the era. The front cover depicts a zoo elephant ride, with tots sitting aloft, and the rear board features buffalo. A most charming toy book, which stands easily upright, allowing for the cage pop-ups to be opened to a more three dimensional viewing. The panels are attached by strips of red cloth. On the opposite side from the cage pop-ups are descriptions of various animals and black and white illustrations, and these include other animals such as kangaroos, monkeys and ostriches. Given the construction of the accordian-like book, there is a suggestion of looseness to it, but the panels are firmly attached to one another and the pop-ups, which require a little manual assistance in pulling out, are completely functional and attractive. Two of the red cloth binding strips are replacements. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Picture Story of Mu Lan
2 Picture Story of Mu Lan
Silk pasted onto boards Near Fine 
N.d, circa early 20th Century. With ten hand-colored illustrations on silk, each painted directly onto the material. The leporello or concertina tells the story of a Chinese Joan of Arc figure, except this woman does not suffer a tragic end to her heroic, martial achievements and is able to revert to the life of a virtuous woman. This is a truly a feast to the eyes, with the bright colors of each plate producing a shimmering effect. The simple story, undoubtedly a pared down version of a lengthier legend, is recounted on the facing pages in both Chinese and English. The leporello measures 8 by 5.5 inches, 20.5 by 14 cm, when closed. Other than edgewear to the silk fabric pasted onto the boards and perhaps a touch of sunning to the silk along the edges, a pristine copy. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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3 [Meiji Culture] Scenes of Japanese Life
Tokyo Cloth on boards, leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Leporello with 14 color woodblock plates. The scenes are various, depicting women, men and children, and scenes around food preparation , dining, pets playing, promenading, prayer, shopping, punishment, etc. Measuring 6.75 by 4.75 inches, or 17 by 12 cm, and each image is about 9 inches, or 23 cm, wide. Patterned silk with some edgewear. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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