Really fabulous old German's children's toy, from the mid-1800s. Each block is wooden, the box too, with lithograph paper glued over each piece, and what we expect to find in lithography blocks, but what makes these blocks much, much rarer than what is normally found is that these are much earlier with lithograph print and hand painting over the lithograph parchment paper that is on the blocks and the accompanying sheets. These were designed to help the child figure out how to lay the pieces out as well as learn the different languages. The set is complete with all of the original sheets.
The box is in very played with condition, with some staining mostly on the cover and the side piece of the container missing so the slide does not stay on. Much wear to the exterior paper on the box but the interior pieces being pretty good, very bright and colorful. One of the pages is ripped on the bottom and a few pin holes to another one sheet and a few bends. A few of the blocks shows some curling to the edges but overall the blocks are in incredible condition without any missing paper and sheets are surprisingly nice considering that it was a children's plaything. Its very hard to find anything of children's paper items that survived, especially from this earlier era.
The back of the box has the original blue paint with a later period advertisement sticker placed on it, maybe to fasten the crack on the back wood panel.