[ca. 1825] · York
Tale of a poor but virtuous foundling who studies hard at Oxford and makes good, in sharp contrast to the proud son of the noble family that took him in. The popular tale is here illustrated with several in-text woodcuts; roman and "Italian" alphabets are given their page and => six verses "On Lying" appear at the end. The frontispiece is pasted to the inside of the front wrapper and the last page of text to the inside of the rear one, as issued, with the back cover advertisement reading, "Penny books printed and sold by J. Kendrew, Colliergate, York."
Kendrew was a major publisher of chapbooks and toy books like this one and => this Kendrew printing is uncommon. A search of WorldCat finds only six U.S. institutions reporting hard-copy holdings.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
Opie A 1352; Osborne Collection, p. 254; Davis, Kendrew of York, 21 (p. 91). Sewn in original printed blue paper wrappers; wrapper edges slightly sunned, spine showing traces of having been stitched into a nonce volume. Pages age-toned but otherwise clean and untattered; the engravings are notably well-impressed. => Unusually good condition for such an item, children being children. (Inventory #: 41479)