rare double-view peepshow
FREEDMAN, Barnett (illustrator). In Winter & In Summer You Can Be Sure of Shell. London; Vincent Brooks, Dry and Son, Ltd. .
Original colour-lithographed boards (235 x 145mm), designed and drawn on stone by Barnett Freedman, forming an eight-layer coloured lithographic diorama, or tunnel book, with bold advertising panels to the sides ('Be up-to-date Shellubricate") printed in russet; the cover with two adjacent oval die-cut viewing windows giving on to a pair of remarkable three-dimensional scenes: one a busy London scene after dark, featuring a gas-lit street of shoppers with buses and taxis; the other a summer view along an avenue of trees; a very good example of a very scarce item which has remarkably survived intact, with no repair and only some abrasion to board edges, small wear to corners, dust-soiling and minor marking to lower cover, and a little light foxing to interior of bellows, however with none of the expected repairs to the accordion-folded sides; rare.
First, and sole, edition; published without a slipcase.