1821 · London
One of Harris's "most approved novelties for the nursery," from that publisher's "Cabinet for Youth" series; a chapbook in all its feeling though a bit larger in size and differently formatted from most, with its classic story here having => 17 hand-colored wood engravings, including the title-page vignette. Each leaf, printed on one side only, bears a large, neatly and skillfully colored illustration (with the exception of the unadorned publisher's advertisement page), starting with Jack's very attractive house and its "Jack"-labelled malt sacks and ending with a large cut of Sir John Barley-corn (looking rather like Henry VIII).
The second edition, following the first of the previous year. Harris published his fifth and last in 1830.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 3085; Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 362(2). Not in Osborne Collection. Lacks printed wrappers; in contemporary block-printed floral–pattern wrappers, rubbed and backed. Occasional small spots of foxing; pages otherwise clean and entirely free of childish markings — or even any hints of having been held by childish hands. => A very nice copy of this early printing. (Inventory #: 39871)