Kinder und Jugendbücher from the 18th century
June 12, 2010 5:59 PM   Subscribe

A gallery of scanned German children's books from the 18th and 19th centuries. Sounds dry, but the plates are high-resolution and gorgeous. Fans of old-school engraving, illustration, and Bibliodyssey-esque curiosities will not be disappointed. Highly extensive and bandwidth-intensive.
posted by BlackLeotardFront (18 comments total) 61 users marked this as a favorite
Many thanks for this.
posted by jokeefe at 6:08 PM on June 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

Making any particular recommendation at all is difficult since there is so much excellent content to choose from and I haven't perused it all, but be sure to check out:
Naturgeschichte für Kinder
Lehrreiche Fabeln
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:08 PM on June 12, 2010

Be still my bibliophilic heart! The Robinsonades are beautiful.
posted by New England Cultist at 6:22 PM on June 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

Thanks for posting!
posted by various at 6:24 PM on June 12, 2010

These are great! This one is weirdly modern.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:28 PM on June 12, 2010

Das Nationen-Alphabet ist allerdings nicht modern.

Vielen Dank!
posted by vkxmai at 6:39 PM on June 12, 2010

Doesn't sound dry at all. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than enjoying these.

Well, I could think of a better way. But this is a good post and some of those images are very nice. Thank you.
posted by marxchivist at 6:41 PM on June 12, 2010

Eponysterical, marxchivist!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:25 PM on June 12, 2010

This one is weirdly modern

Hmmm. I guess that didn't work. I was referring to New England Cultist 's link, plate number 6.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:36 PM on June 12, 2010

Oh, wonderful stuff. Thanks so much for digging this up! Check out the giraffe.
posted by Mizu at 7:38 PM on June 12, 2010

Send up the peacay signal quick!
posted by jfuller at 7:44 PM on June 12, 2010

I had a whole shelf-full of children's stories, legends, fables, fairy tales and nursery rhymes, in leatherbound hardback, with engravings to illustrate each story, very similar to these. I learned to read on that stuff, and now I can find no mention if it online.

My favorites were the American myths, with tales of Coyote and the Thunderbird filling my childhood dreams. There was also a German (I think) volume, with all of the Brothers Grimm stuff. Best illustrations, by far, but the Coyote stories just struck something with me.

I wish I could track them down, I want a set for my little girl to pull off the shelf and read when she's old enough, like I did. Messy, drooling, snotty kid, and my parents just let me man-handle their books... I was so in love with them, I near destroyed them. I think my sister did them in for good, because they weren't on the shelves after we moved when I was 11.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:47 PM on June 12, 2010

Ah yes, I have vague good memories of this site. Good call.
posted by peacay at 9:01 PM on June 12, 2010

Ha! I couldn't imagine you hadn't seen it, peacay, but I didn't think to search BO. I came to it roundabout via ephemera collecting man and Agence Eureka, I think.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:58 PM on June 12, 2010

So are these are all public domain?
posted by motorcycles are jets at 8:27 AM on June 13, 2010

Should have guessed you'd already have seen it, p. (Can I just grab this chance to say thanks very much for your terrific site and your stuff on flickr?)
posted by jfuller at 10:37 AM on June 13, 2010

I and my desktop background thank you profusely.
posted by Beardman at 11:38 AM on June 13, 2010

-So are these are all public domain?-

I am certainly no expert and my understanding might be off base but I don't think 'public domain' means the same thing in Germany.

While it might be technically copyright-free, I believe that, by law, usage of any books and digital images owned by national institutions warrant a fee payable to the government and collected by each institution.

At least, this was what I was officially told a couple of years ago trying to get usage permission for 19th cent. images to put in a book. I don't remember if they said it was just for commercial use or not (I suspect it is).
posted by peacay at 7:35 PM on June 13, 2010

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