Peeps into Fairyland
(E. Nister; E. P. Dutton, 1896)
Nister h.52    27.5x34.5 cm

  Children’s books

By the end of the nineteenth century, the German firm of Ernest Nister was producing sumptuous chromolithographed picture books, commissioning English writers and artists. This charming movable book, where a cut-out frame pulls up to give the effect of a stage set, was published for the Christmas market in 1896. It cost 5 shillings in Britain, or $2.50 in America. The illustrator, Evelyn Stuart Hardy, came from a family of artists living in Bristol. From an early age she contributed work to periodicals, and illustrated many books for Nister between 1890 and 1910.