[ca. 1815] · Hartford
Later American edition of this very popular chapbook that was first printed in the U.S. in 1786. The story follows Peter Pippin as his love of books leads him to a respected school, where he is crowned "King of the Good Boys" and tries to properly educate George Graceless on the importance of not swearing. George and some other bad boys later skip class to go on a => rampage of birds-nesting; all are drowned or killed by wild beasts save Harry Harmless, who repents and prays for forgiveness.
Includes => 10 hand-colored wood engravings with blue, green, red, and brown accents, including some nontraditional coloring such as a blue apple pie and blue horses.
Provenance: Undated ink signature of Susan Browning on title-page; signature of Miss Janette C. Browning dated 1852 on frontispiece.
Shaw & Shoemaker 34913; Welch 563.15. Sewn blue printed publisher's wrappers, first and last leaves pasted down; light rubbing at corners. Marked as above, light pencilling and inking on title-page, light waterstaining on inner bottom margin of many leaves, moderate age-toning throughout. => A charming little Hartford chapbook. (Inventory #: 36295)