1822 · Hartford
In this charming chapbook a little girl named Emily raises money to buy a Bible for a poor old woman, teaching the reader about family values, math, and, of course, the Bible. First published in 1816, the text here has two poems at the end called "The Bible" and "The all-seeing God," and => six small woodcut vignettes, including on the front wrapper and the title-page. The rear wrapper features a bookseller's advertisement.
Mrs. Sherwood (Mary Martha Sherwood, 1775–1851) was a beloved, prolific children's book author.
Searches of NUC Pre-1956, WorldCat, and Shoemaker locate => just four copies.
Provenance: Marcus Fay, 19th-century ownership inscription in ink on front wrapper. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Shoemaker 10261. For Mrs. Sherwood's works, see: F.J.H. Darton, Life and times of Mrs. Sherwood; and M.N. Cutt, Mrs. Sherwood and her books for children. Original green printed wrappers respined with cloth tape obscuring part of the text of the back wrapper; ex-library with rubber-stamps to inside of front wrapper and lower margins of first and final pages (not title). Light to moderate foxing. (Inventory #: 38485)