1819 · Philadelphia
First American edition of Atmore's Christian-themed work on how children should behave, taken from the London edition of 1817. The large frontispiece is an unsigned wood engraving showing a father lecturing two pre-adolescent boys and a similarly aged girl; old-fashioned though that is, there is still much wisdom set forth here for later life — including advice on maintaining virtuous happiness in marriage and business, and how to deal with a family "prodigal."
Atmore acknowledges, in the preface, his => indebtedness to William Penn for some of the phrases and advice found here.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Shaw & Shoemaker 47024. Not in Rosenbach, Early American Children's Books; out of scope of Welch, Bibliography of American Children's Books Printed Prior to 1821. Publisher's grey-blue paper wrappers printed with duplicate of title-page on front cover (within a border) and with advertisement for Cunningham's juvenile books on back cover; front wrapper with small edge nick, back wrapper with rubbed spot over part of stitching, spine chipped. Pages age-toned with mild to moderate foxing. (Inventory #: 38482)