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Darton, William. Little truths, for the instruction of children. Vol. II. Philadelphia: Published by Johnson & Warner, 1812. 16mo (6.5"). 48 pp., illus.
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First 19th-century American printing of Darton's Little Truths, following the earlier American editions of 1789, 1794, and 1800. Thisconduct of life book incorporating children's questions and answers, and some nature study, was aimed at four- to eight-year-olds. The title-page is metal-engraved, has a vignette, and is pasted to the inside of the front cover. The text is illustrated with 13 good, metal-engraved third-of-a-page images — including several rather graphic ones ofdire accidents caused to children by carelessness or disobedience.
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Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Rosenbach, Children's, 456; Welch 263; Shaw & Shoemaker 25216. In publisher's printed tan stiffened wrappers with vignette on on upper wrapper; list of children's books “with copper plates” on lower wrapper. A copy in very good condition. (38818)
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