[1823?] · Boston
Chronicling the English monarchy from 1066 (William I) to 1761 (George III), this little book for children makes memorizing fun by converting biographical details about each king or queen into rhyming prompts. Each page features one monarch, with his or her => woodcut portrait in a handsome circular frame at the top and two rhyming questions below. For example, "Who was it that in night's dark hour,/ Murder'd his nephews in the Tow'r,/ And then usurp'd the kingly pow'r? Richard the Third"; and "When fam'd Elizabeth was dead,/ Who govern'd England in her stead,/ Whom Guy Fawkes gave much cause of dread?/ James the First." The final verso contains a publisher's advertisement for other titles, among which are Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, and Mother Goose's Quarto.
First published in 1813 (see Osborne Collection, p. 161; Gumuchian 937).
WorldCat locates fewer than ten U.S. libraries reporting ownership.
Provenance: Signature in early ink of Mary Elizabeth Williams on title-page. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Shoemaker 1597. Original printed paper boards with title-page reproduced on the front board and a publishers' advertisement on the rear, stained and dust-soiled. Foxing and dampstaining throughout, generally light and marginal but severe on final verso; deckle preserved at fore-edge of one leaf; small closed tear in one outer margin. Temoine pp. 25–26. Small tear in outer margin of pp. 17–18. A less than ideal but still decent copy and => a very uncommon title in the marketplace. (Inventory #: 38476)