Philadelphia: Printed for B. Johnson & J. Johnson, 1802. 143pp. plus seven plates, including engraved title and frontispiece portrait. 12mo. Contemporary half calf, rebacked. Rubbed at extremities. Old private library stamp on fly leaf. Contemporary ownership inscription on verso of engraved title. Some minor foxing. Very good. In a marbled paper slipcase. First printed in London in 1789, this Lee Boo was the second son of King Abba Thulle of the Palau Islands. When the ship Antelope was wrecked in the island kingdom in 1783, Captain Henry Wilson received full assistance from the King in building a new ship. Lee Boo then accompanied Wilson to England and became a much loved part of the family. This narrative was written for children, with several charming engravings, including a portrait of Lee Boo. Only seven copies located in OCLC, and another copy at the American Antiquarian Society. This is the earliest dated American edition, and probably the earliest (another edition, undated, is posited to have been printed between 1801 and 1807). SHAW & SHOEMAKER 2410. ROSENBACH CHILDRENS 277. HILL 813 (1844 ed). OCLC 5523128. (Inventory #: WRCAM40599)
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