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  M & S Library Number: 24940

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


    (JUVENILE). PETERS, G.S. (pub.). Die Geschichte Joseph's und seiner Brude. Harrisburg, Pa: G.S. Peters, Ca. 1835-40. 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. The versos of the wrappers are part of the pagination. With letters and numerals printed opposite the title leaf. Slight wear. Wrappers stained; text heavily foxed, but very sound. $750.00


    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."

    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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