1814 · Philadelphia
First American edition of this children's chapbook tale comparing the hard-heartedness of Austerus with the kindness and generosity of Humanus, taken from the London edition published by Arliss in 1808. In addition to the frontispiece, this work has => six full-page wood engravings, wood-engraved devices on the title-page and below the final paragraph of text, and a large cut of two boys ice-skating. Those six full-page illustrations are printed on leaves whose versos are blank, but they are not true plates as all sides of all leaves are counted in the pagination.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
Rosenbach, Children's, 514; Welch 1381; Shaw & Shoemaker 33546. Contemporary light boards with stone-pattern marbled paper. Text age-toned with occasional foxing and two small marginal inkspots; a very nice copy. (Inventory #: 38819)