1787 · Worcester
First American edition. In addition to the fictitious biographies (e.g., Miss Betsey Allgood, Master Billy Bad-enough, Miss Nancy Careful, Master Billy Bashful) written to teach morals and conduct, this work contains Some account of the little author, written by himself and a portrait of that same author on front pastedown. In the text are => 20 woodcuts, as well as tailpieces and ornamental rules.
M.J.P. Weedon is the source for the attribution of authorship to Johnson ("Richard Johnson and the successors to John Newbery," The Library, 5th series, 4 (1949): 49). Interestingly, Welch says that copies in the binding noted below are part of a large publishers remainder.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC W18139; Evans 20440; Welch 680.1; Rosenbach, Children's, 119; Hamilton, American Book Illustrators, 114. In pasteboards covered with Dutch gilt paper; housed in a corset within an open-back full red calf slipcase => A remarkably crisp and clean copy. (Inventory #: 38528)