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More, Hannah.  The history of the two shoemakers. Philadelphia: Pr. by Jacob Meyer for Johnson & Warner, 1811. 24mo (14.6 cm, 5.75"). 107, [1] pp.; illus.
$350.00

Uncommon early American edition of an enormously popular tale edifyingly contrasting a poor boy — who rises to success by way of hard work and religion — with a wealthy farmer's spoiled son who acquires a taste for frivolous entertainments and for drink; one of these young men, predictably, comes very close to ending badly indeed. Along the way a few words of advice are offered to aspiring tradesmen.
        The four sections of the title story open each with a => large, crisp woodcut illustration; the book closes with the poems "Dan and Jane: Or Faith and Works" and "The History of Richard."
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 23422; Welch, American Children's Books, 886. Not in Rosenbach. Contemporary blue textured paper–covered boards, respined with blue paper shelfback; corners and edges rubbed, front outer corners showing faint tidelines. Pages, probably => blue to begin with, browned; final leaf with short tear from outer margin, not extending into text. => A solid, unmarked copy.  (38653)   Please RESHELVE This.


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