Children's book

[Curiöser Spiegel]. Curiöser Spiegel, worinnen der ganze Lebenslauf des Menschen von der Kindheit bis zum Alter zu sehen, in Figuren, mit beygefügten ganz neuen kurzen Erklärungen. Neue Auflage.

Nuremberg, Johann Andreas Endter, 1812.

Folio. (2), XLI pp. With hand-coloured woodcut ornamental title, 41 numbered, almost full-page hand-coloured woodcuts in text by Elias Porcelius and others, mostly after Susanna Maria Sandrart (printed on recto and verso). Contemp. marbled boards.


Very rare, interesting children's book on the stages and events of life. Among the professions depicted are the bookbinder (p. XVI), the quack (p. XXIX), acrobats (p. XXX), the baker, carpenter, soldier, etc., events include birth, education, death, etc., as well as fencing (p. XXXIV), sleighing, hunting, etc. First published in 1689, the work was reprinted many times until 1853. Below each plate is a short description in German.

Binding rubbed and restored; later endpapers. Some browning and soiling throughout, with occasional edge defects; tear in t. p. restored. Still a good copy.


Cf. Lipperheide Pa 11 (c. 1804). Rammensee 1447 (eds. c. 1690? & 1824). Gumuchian 1974bis (1824 ed.). Thieme/Becker XXVII, 268. Brüggemann/Bruncken I, 804 (earlier ed.).