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Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern

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Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern (The Books of the Chronicles of the Three Sisters) is a German fairy tale set down by Johann Karl August Musäus, and presented here in a 1900 edition illustrated by Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban. Lefler and Urban were brothers-in-law who worked as set designers as well as illustrators; Urban was also an architect who later moved to the United States. One of his extant buildings is the Mar-a-Lago in Florida but he can’t be held responsible for its current use or its present owner.

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Looking at the excellent illustrations the pair produced for this volume I’d guess that Urban concentrated on the building design which is much more elaborate and inventive than you generally see in children’s books. The selections here are mostly full-page pieces but the book is illustrated throughout, with the text flowing into and around the drawings.

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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Holz

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    thanks for beauty post

  2. #2 posted by Michelangelo Iaffaldano

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    Only a few steps from beloved Art Nouveau illustration to Donald Trump. My head is spinning.

  3. #3 posted by Thombeau

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    Wow. Love these!

  4. #4 posted by Dave Felton

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    Incredibly beautiful illustrations…

 




 

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