first edition Period stiff grey card-stock wraps, sewn. Wraps with two wood-cuts each. Wrappers detached
1806 · New - York
by [Childrens Chapbook]. Anderson, Alexander [1770 - 1870] - Illustrator. Wood, Samuel [1760 - 1844] - Publisher
New - York: Published by Samuel Wood, 362 Pearl - Street [ J. C. Totten, print ], 1806. 1st printing (American Imprints 11909; Hamilton 235; Rosenbach 325; Weiss, p. 18; Welch 1461.1). Not in the Osborne Catalogue, Gumuchian, nor the Spencer Catalogue. Period stiff grey card-stock wraps, sewn. Wraps with two wood-cuts each. Wrappers detached. Average wear. Some soiling to covers. A solid VG copy.. 16 pp. T.p. vignette. Alphabet pp. 4 - 16, two per page, each letter illustrated with a cut [for 26 total]. Cuts by Anderson [attribution per Rosenbach]. 16mo. 3-7/8" x 3-3/16"
"Contains alphabets in hornbook form, a syllabary, with woodcuts illustrating objects in alphabetical order." [Rosenbach]. This work has the distinction of being the first publication issued by Wood, who would go on to a distinguished career in the publishing trade, with thousands of titles under his imprint. Cf. Weiss, Samuel Woods & Sons [NY: 1942], p. 3. ABPC shows 4 cc of later printings, ca. 1815 - 1820, to have come to auction in the past 30+ years, none of this first printing.Rare in the trade.
(Inventory #: 37748)