[ca. 1850] · London
From the "Buds and Blossoms" series: Little Matty's naturalist grandfather, while hunting for a plant, inadvertently (and rather comically) demolishes the shack where impoverished Hushaby and his grandmother live — but all's well that ends well, as the old gentleman installs the industrious, well-mannered pair in a vacant cottage where they live happily ever after. Elijah Whymper provided the cover design, the frontispiece showing the dwelling in a snowy landscape, and four of the five interior wood engravings.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia. Publisher's printed blue paper wrappers, quite bright; two back corners crumpled, front upper outer corner and spine extremities chipped. Pages clean, and entirely unmauled by childish hands. => A lovely example. (Inventory #: 38461)