1841 · Philadelphia
First edition of this juvenile reader from Philadelphia schoolteacher and prolific children's author John Frost: poetry and prose focusing on rural life, including farming and homesteading practices. The topics include rent day, angling, loading hay, the dairy, going to market, etc., with => each subject featuring a full-page wood-engraved illustration by American artist William Croome, who also illustrated several of Frost's other works.
Uncommon: A search of WorldCat finds only two U.S. institutions reporting holdings (American Antiquarian Society, New York Historical Society).
Binding: Publisher's straight-grained black cloth (deeply textured), covers with blind-stamped corner fleurons, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled gift inscription reading "Helena Emma Abbott [/] Presented by her cousin," rear free endpaper with Abbott's own pencilled inscription. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Not in American Imprints. Bound as above, slightly cocked and with corners rubbed. Interior age-toned with mild to moderate spotting and offsetting from illustrations; two leaves with upper outer corners creased across. => A very presentable copy of an uncommon and charming item. (Inventory #: 41513)