[SILHOUETTES]. CHATELAIN, Mme. de (translator). Karl Fröhlich's Frolicks.

London: Joseph, Myers & Co. 1860.


Royal 8vo. Recently handsomely bound in half black calf over black cloth boards, spine lettered longitudinally in gilt between two raised bands; pp. [viii] + 25; illustrated after 30 fine half-page silhouettes masterfully cut from black paper and reproduced in dense and crisply printed black ink; a fine copy, both internally and externally.

First edition thus. A marvellous example of the "black art" of the scissor-cut silhouette by one of the finest exponents of the craft. Born in Pomerania, the son of a shoemaker, Frõhlick learned his craft from his aunt and devoted himself to the perfection of intricate scissor-cut scenes in which, for example, "the fisherman no bigger than your little finger carries a net with meshes as fine as those of Mecklin lace".