Portland, Oregon: The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum / Collector's Press, 2005.
First American Edition. Hardcover.
First American Edition, First Printing. “Enjoy!” signed by Arlene Wagner in silver pen on first free endpaper. Over the years, man has created ingenious ways to open the nutshell.
The first nutcrackers were hammers or simple utilitarian designs, probably two pieces of wood hinged at one end with leather straps. Over the centuries, nutcrackers have become works of art. A bronze nutcracker in the form of two hands was discovered in 1930 in a grave near Tarente, Italy that has been dated to the third or fourth century B.C. Bracelets of gold adorn the wrists, which serve as handles for the nutcracker. Henry VIII is said to have presented a carved wooden nutcrackers to Anne Boleyn. This work is a pictorial survey of nutcrackers from their first inception to the present day. The array is organized by material (wood, metal, ivory and porcelain) and technology (lever, screw, percussion, and mechanical).Item #901465
10-3/8 x 12-1/2”, pictorial cloth, pictorial endpapers, 188pp, fully illustrated with color photographs on every page.
Clean, tight, bright, in dust wrapper with a bit of minor creasing to edges and modest rubbing, in protective mylar.