1806 · New York
Uncommon first edition of the first children's book ever published by Samuel Wood, described by Rosenbach as responsible for "many thousands of children's religious, instructive, and nursery books." This simple, alphabetically themed reader is internally illustrated with woodcuts of birds, animals, and objects, along with one person: Xerxes. Later editions altered some of the cuts, but Xerxes seems to have been a constant.
Rosenbach attributes all of the illustrations to => Alexander Anderson; Pomeroy doesn't dispute that but is only comfortable attributing nine to him.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Rosenbach, Children's, 325; Welch 1461.1; Shaw & Shoemaker 11909; Hamilton 235; Pomeroy, Alexander Anderson, 203a. Publisher's printed paper wrappers (with four cuts), gently faded, front wrapper with small scrape to upper margin. Pages slightly age-toned but otherwise very clean. An apparently unread copy. (Inventory #: 38507)