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  M & S Library Number: 20574

    "the first book publisher to print his illustrations successfully in color"


    (JUVENILE). PETERS, G.S. (pub.). The Life of Joseph; a Scripture Narrative. Embellished with Numerous Colored Engravings. Harrisburg, Pa: G.S. Peters, 1837. 16mo. 18 leaves, printed on one side only. Fifteen printed color illustrations, in three colors: red, yellow and green. Orig. printed & pictorial wrappers. Illustrations occupy the top half of each page of text. Colored vignette on title. Letters and numerals are printed opposite the title leaf. The versos of the wrappers are blank.Foxed. Wrappers show wear, rubbing & creasing. Spine worn, but a sound copy. $950.00


    Not in Imprints. Not in Rosenbach. Rosenberry, "G.S. Peters and his Joseph's Book of Many Colors," in Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society, 1988. " "In 1833 Peters used these...cuts for his toy-book The Life of Joseph and in 1835 for its German counterpart...The bibliographic analysis of Peter's Joseph boggles the mind! Nearly every newly-located copy proves to be a variant of some sort from already-known copies." However, Rosenberry did not locate an 1837 English language front wrapper, which we offer.

    The illustrations are in three colors. "It appears...that Peters' work antedates [George] Baxter, making Peters the first book publisher to print his illustrations successfully in color....Not until 1831 did Peters begin to issue his toy-books in a compound three color process, overlaying blue and yellow to produce green."     


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