1844 · Boston
American gift book arranged by Saint Nicholas for both boys and girls covering a wide variety of topics, from an essay on the Battle of Bunker Hill to riddles to Mother Goose's rhymes and more — here in the second year of its production.
The work contains several full-page and in-text engravings related to the stories, including a fetching squirrel, an engraved title-page of a boy using his dog to pull a sled, and a => hand-colored frontispiece of two children dreaming of Saint Nicholas colored in green, yellow, blue, maroon, and purple. The presentation leaf has not been inscribed to anyone, and a final publisher's advertisement leaf tells parents of other books and holiday gifts available for the season.
Binding: Purple publisher's cloth, spine gilt extra with stamped illustrations of two women, one watering a beanstalk and the other surrounded by foliage. Covers triple ruled in blind with central stamp of a boy and his dog, image gilt on the front and in blind on the back. All edges gilt.
Shoemaker 44-5448; Faxon 743. Not in Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books; not Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition). Bound as above, gently rubbed and faded, including gilt edges, with boards slightly bowed; light pencilling on endpapers, one detached at front. One page tip missing, a few spots, light to moderate age-toning. => A perfectly charming Christmas present. (Inventory #: 36728)