Puck's Nightly Pranks by: Brooks, Charles T. and Paul Konewka
Softcover. Boston, Roberts Brothers, 1st, 1871, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Pale green paper wrappers stamped in red and black, 24 pages, illustrated with 9 black silhouette cut-out designs by Paul Konewka, string binding. Translated from German of Ludwig Bund. Mild tan stains to front cover, top front corner chip, otherwise very good. Published the same year as the German paper artist's death. Paul Konewka (1841-1871), a Polish/German artist is credited with reviving the silhouette, but as illustration rather than portraiture. Working in Berlin during the 1860's, Konewka created illustrations for several books including Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream and Goethe's Faust.** True to tradition, Konewka created his silhouettes, at least in part, with scissors and black paper. By 1870 his works were published in Boston by Roberts Brothers who, through the use of wood engravings, continued publishing Konewka illustrated volumes through 1874. The books received favorable, if not enthusiastic, comments from Harper's Monthly.