[SWISS]. WENGER, Lisa (illustrator). Joggeli Söll ga Birli Schüttle [A Boy Went Out To Gather Pears]. Bern; Verlag von A. Francke AG., circa 1944.
Long slim landscape 16mo. (106 x 306mm); original yellow cloth-backed pictorial boards; ff. ; with 15 fine colour-lithographed plates by Lisa Wenger; a near fine copy with very slight fading to spine cloth and a few light speckles to upper board.
Early edition; first published in 1908 and printed here by Kümmerly & Frey, Bern. This famous picture book with its distinctive narrow and elongated format, and text in Swiss-German dialect, is one of the most recognised Swiss children's books. The origins of the story are traditional but appear to trace their roots back to "Chad Gadja", a song from the Jewish Haggadah which is delivered at the end of the festival of Pesscha. There is great similarity of content in the two texts including the appearance of a dog, stick, fire, water, oxen and a butcher. In the first edition an executioner appears but the publisher dropped this from the second edition (which appeared in the build-up to the First World War). The story concerns a lazy lad who is sent out to collect pears by his master but who prefers to take a nap in the long grass.