1807 (i.e., 1899) · London
The Leadenhall Press facsimile of the first edition, illustrated with => 30 wood engravings done after the original copperplates. The publisher's note says "The little books printed about a hundred years ago 'for the amusement of little masters and misses' must now be looked for in the cabinets of the curious. The type is quaint, the illustrations quainter, and the grayish tinted paper abounds in obtrusive specks of embedded dirt [not found here!]. For the covers, gaudy Dutch gilt paper was used, or paper with patchy blobs of startlingly contrasted colours laid on with a brush by young people. The text, always amusing, is of course redolent of earlier days."
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's brightly colored printed paper–covered boards, front cover with printed paper label, back cover with printed paper illustration laid on; slightly darkened, spine paper and corners chipped. => Fragile but CHARMING. (Inventory #: 41280)