· London
Chapbook containing four short stories for children, emphasizing the virtues of kindness, patience, hard work, and caution. The tales are => embellished with seven hand-colored wood engravings, done by Whatman after T.H. Jones and featuring what the publisher advertised as "fanciful borders." The first story offers an interesting insight into 19th-century book production, with one child taking up work cutting small prints from a large sheet, to be bound into books.
This is the stated sixth edition, with the publication date suggested by the Bodleian; it is notably uncommon, with WorldCat finding => only one U.S. institution (Wayne State) reporting an actual hard copy rather than microform.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Opie A 188; Osborne Collection, p. 973. Publisher's brown cloth, ribbon-embossed in a staggered ripple pattern, front cover with gilt-stamped title framed in blind-stamped arabesques; neatly rebacked with buckram, edges faded, corners rubbed. Two leaves of text lacking from final story; one plate bound in the wrong story but all plates present. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 40708)