1809 [i.e., 1821] · Philadelphia
First edition, second issue, with a frontispiece by Benjamin Warner dated 1821. The dogs feel slighted that birds, insects, and other animals "now a days" have their stories told by poets; this is produced to correct that peculiarity. The => eight plates are delicately limned copper engravings and the first one, which acts as the frontispiece, is, as in all copies, pasted to the front board of the binding.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Rosenbach, Children's, 603; Shoemaker 5091. Publisher's plain salmon-colored paper over light paste boards. Some plates browned as in all copies; glue stains showing through frontispiece. A few leaves mildly foxed. => A nice book, a charming book. (Inventory #: 38470)