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Childrens' holidays: A story-book for the whole year. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1865. Square 24mo (15 cm, 5.75"). 200 pp.; illus., 4 plts. $100.00
Apparently Childrens' Holidays [sic], first issued in 1858 (copyright 1857), is scarce even in later editions such as this. The stories and poems have holiday themes: New Year's, Fourth of July, vacationing at the sea side, birthdays, Christmas, etc. The lessons taught include citizenship, the folly of vanity, the meaning of death, hard work, and other virtues.
The text is illustrated with four wood-engraved plates, on tinted paper, signed "Howland": The Howland brothers (Alfred, James, and William) were active as engravers in NYC in the 1840s and 50s.
WorldCat locates eight copies of the 1858 edition, none of the supposed second edition, and only three of this edition (NYPL, Huntington, Southern Illinois U.).
Provenance: A prize copy. On the front pastedown: "Presented to Miss Allie Collins as the 2nd Prem. of the A. Spelling Class by her Teacher W. S. Day."
On the Howlands, see: Groce & Wallae, Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564–1860, pp. 303–04. Publisher's green bead-pattern cloth modestly stamped in blind, spine with title-framing devices in faded gilt. Front pastedown with presentation inscription as above, slight offsetting to free endpaper. Age-toning and occasionally a spot; a very nice copy. (38862) Please RESHELVE This.
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