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Der Struwwelpeter (“shock-headed Peter” or “Shaggy Peter”), originally published in German in 1845 by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way. The title of the first story provides the title of the whole book. Der Struwwelpeter is one of the earliest books for children that combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format, and is considered a precursor to comic books. Der Struwwelpeter is known for introducing the character of the Tailor (or Scissorman) to Western literature. Some researchers now see the stories in the book as illustrations of modern child mental disorders


Hoffmann, Dr. Heinrich: . Struwwelpeter – The English Struwwelpeter, Or Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann. Londob: George Routledge & Sons, s.d. (“Printed In Holland” stated on back cover, possibly a 1909 edition: the rear cover is advertising ‘Routledge’s One Syllable Series’ which was issued 1910). 4to in original cloth-backed hardcover with coloured cover illustration. 24 pages, color illustrated. Rubiing to cover and edges, some brownspotting and small tears to edges and margins

Overall an acceptable good, early 20th Century copy of one of the most important classic illustrated children’s books