[Weiße, Christian Felix]. Der Kinderfreund. Ein Wochenblatt. Dritte verbesserte Auflage.

Leipzig, Crusius, 1780-1782.

8vo. 12 pts. (of 24) in 6 vols. With engr. frontispiece, 12 gest. title vignettes, 16 engr. plates and 15 engr. sheets of music. Contemp. red half calf with giltstamped red label to splendidly gilt spine. Marbled endpapers.


"The first important periodical for children" (Merget). Weiße (1726-1804) is considered the father of German children's and YA literature; his "Kinderfreund" was the first German journal for children ever published.

Beautiful bindings with minute worming to lower edge of the first two volumes, otherwise perfect and largely spotless. From the library of Duke Max Joseph in Bavaria (1808-88), father of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

Wegehaupt I, 2241. Goedeke IV/1, 140, 14. HKJL III, 430 (3rd printing of the 3rd ed.). Cf. Merget 19.

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