1822 · New York
Uncommon edition of a work teaching children how to blow themselves up. The extended title lays out in detail the mayhem the purchaser of this book could perpetrate, as "containing plain and easy directions for mixing and preparing the ingredients, and making and finishing the most simple devices in this ingenious art: together with how to make and fill air and fire balloons; and how to prepare and make detonating balls, spiders, segars, boots and shoes, Waterloo crackers, &c."
The first American appearance in 1821 came from the same publisher as this second American edition, but was printed by W. Grattan. That printing had a colored frontispiece not found here and not called for by Shoemaker, nor by the cataloguing for the copy recorded in NUC Pre-1956.
This edition is not listed in WorldCat and the copy noted in Shoemaker & NUC (at Harvard) is not found via its OPAC. Of the 1821 edition we locate only five copies (Yale, Free Library of Philadelphia, U.S. Patent Office, Essex Institute, and the American Antiquarian Society).
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Shoemaker 8903; Rink, Technical Americana, 3185 (erroneously calling for a plate and erroneously locating a copy at the Free Library of Philadelphia). Late 20th-century quarter red morocco with green stone-pattern paper sides. Small area of lower outside corner of title-leaf torn away and nicely repaired. Pages gently age-toned, with spots of mild to moderate soil, staining, and foxing. (Inventory #: 38527)