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SPYRI, Johanna

Heidi’s Early [Further] Experiences. A story for children and for those who love children.

Published: Gotha: Perthes for W. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London, [c.1884]

Stock code: 65070

Price: £12,500

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First edition in English. Throughout the 1870s Johanna Spyri published stories for adults and children based around her reminiscences of growing up in rural Switzerland. But huge success came in 1880 with Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre, the story of an Alpine orphan girl published by Perthes Gotha, and its sequel in 1881. Perthes issued the stories in England through Swann Sonnenschein circa 1884, and in America as a single volume shortly afterwards. With a succession of print editions and many film and television adaptations, it is now considered one of the cornerstones of children’s literature. The first English edition is now of notable rarity, with no copy in the British Library or any other major UK libraries. The only recorded institutional copies are in Allison-Shelley Collection of German literature in translation at Penn State University and Erfurt University library (vol. I only).

2 volumes, octavo. Original pictorial cloth in contrasting shades of green, spines and front covers blocked in black and gilt, back covers with rules blocked in blind, gilt edges. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Engraved frontispiece, 6 plates. School prize inscription dated Christmas 1905 to front free endpaper of vol. I. Some light rubbing to extremities, front joint of vol. I with short split at foot, cloth generally bright; a little sporadic foxing, short closed tear to upper margin of p. 89/90, vol. I; overall a handsome set in very good condition.

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