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Sproat, Nancy. Little ditties for little children. New York: Samuel Wood & Sons, [not after 1835?]. 32mo (12.8 cm, 5"). 23,  pp.; illus. $350.00
Obedience, charity, truthfulness vs. falsehood, and country life are the themes and lessons for the young reader in this early American chapbook from the pen of Massachusetts native Sproat (1766–1827), who also used the pseudonym “A Lady of Boston.” The "ditties" are in verse and are illustrated with => 15 in-text, hand-colored wood engravings, each measuring 2" x 2".
Provenance: Early 19th-century presentation inscription on the inside of the front wrapper: "Presented to Miss Sally Raley by her Friend Mary Wales"; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three libraries reporting ownership of this edition (NYPL, AAS, UNC-Greensboro) and five of the 1821 printing (University of Rochester, Huntington, AAS, University of Michigan, Brown).
Shoemaker 1977. Publisher's orange wrappers with wood engravings not repeating interior cuts on front and back; black spine of wrapper rubbed, rear cover a little rubbed or sunned at edge; gift inscriptions on inside of front wrapper. Light dampstaining and crinkling of text pages. => A very decent copy. (38785) Please RESHELVE This.
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