Seidmann-Freud, Tom. Berlin: Herbert Stuffer, 1929. 8vo. First edition. Cloth backed color pictorial boards.
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Tom Seidmann-Freud is one of the truly tragic figures in the history of children's books. The niece of Sigmund Freud, she had an eccentric character...taking a man's name and dressing in men's clothing...and an equally innovative style of illustration. Among her most famous children's books are the remarkable movables, Das Wunderhaus (The House of Wonders) and Das Zauberboot (The Magic Boat). The latter features six movable illustrations with wheels, tabs, grids, and overlays. Her husband died by his own hand in 1929 and Seidmann-Freud committed suicide the following year. Despite their fine design and remarkable format, Seidmann-Freud's book became increasingly scarce during Hitler's reign, as her Jewish faith contributed to their destruction by the Nazis. Though re-published shortly after it's first appearance in English, this original German edition is the most difficult to obtain. In VG+ condition with some minor staining to the boards. Internally About Fine and complete, but for a red acetate overlay easily obtained. Includes the back pocket grid, usually missing.