|Title||Bilderbuch zum nutzen und vergnügen der jugend (vol. 4, plate VII) |
|Alternate Title||Porte-feuille instructif et amusant pour la jeunesse|
Instructive and amusing pictures for youth
|Author||Bertuch, F.J. (Friedrich Justin), 1747-1822 |
|Publisher Location||Austria--Vienna |
|Publication Date||1802 |
|Illustrator||Schmuzer, Jacob Xaver|
|Image Production Process||Intaglio prints--engravings|
|Notes||Illustrated with hand colored intaglio prints.|
Series contains illustrations and short, scientific explanations about various animals, plants, flowers, fruits, minerals, costumes, antiquities, and other objects to instruct and amuse children. Each volume has an index in the back.
This is the second edition of the book.
The German text is printed on the recto of each page and faces the plates. The French text is printed on the versos.
This plate depicts a microscopic image of a flea and a louse.
|Contextual Notes||Bertuch was born in Weimar, Germany. He studied both theology and law before returning to Weimar to establish a publishing business. His most "purposive" work was his "Bilderbuch fur Kinder" or "Children's Picture Book" which ran from 1790 to 1830. Many of the 1,185 copper-plate engravings were drawn by the faculty and students of Bertuch's Drawing School which he had set up in 1774. According to Bertuch, pictures should be "beautiful and correct" portrayals of not only the common but the unfamiliar because "everyday things would bore a child." He also felt that the pages shouldn't be too crowded and the text shouldn't be too "scholarly." Although the arrangement of topics seems random, Bertuch specifically placed them in this order to hold the reader's attention.|
The Dutch are generally credited with the invention of the microscope in the late 17th century. One of the first illustrations to appear in books for children was that of the flea, and image that was repeated in numerous books including chapbooks for children.
|Subjects (LCSH)||Natural history--Juvenile literature |
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL0261 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection. |
|Physical Description|| p.,  leaves: illustrated; 25.5 x 21 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Photographed from original book in TIFF format using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2009. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist 10.5 |