no date (1812?) · Philadelphia
Assorted wood engravings with captions are here laid out for the young reader in a rather ad hoc methodology and => in a rather unusual, tall and slim format. Some are of a moral nature: "Children obey your mother," "Do not rob the poor farmer," "Do not drink too much," and "Do be kind to the poor black boy." Others offer advice: "A kite should never be raised in the street," "Little boys should not meddle with guns," and "Always look at a person when you speak to him." One caption shows the publishers were not above self promotion: "The bible is the best of all books. Children who can read in the bible may go to Kimber & Conrad's Store and buy one for themselves."
=> There are two illustrations with captions per page. Some of the engravings are reworkings of illustrations that had appeared previously (e.g., in The Wonderful Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Albany, 1810; Mother Goose's Melody, Worcester, 1794); others are entirely original to this production.
Shaw & Shoemaker 11163 & 26465; Rosenbach, Children, 466; Welch 993. Original yellow stiff wrappers, splitting along the spine. Small chip missing from the top of the title-page. The impressions are various, with some quite faint and others very bright and crisp. A good copy. (Inventory #: 36385)