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Crabb's new book of trades, containing an account of the origin and present state of most of the trades practised in England. With neat embellishments. London: Printed & published by T. Crabb ... Sold also by J. Bysh ... , R. Hill, & Lingley & Belch ... & all other Booksellers, [1818–21?]. 24mo (15 cm, 5.5"). 82,  pp.; illus. $1,200.00
Crabb lists 54 trades, arranged alphabetically — beginning with apothecary and ending with wheelwright — and including such uncommon entries as auctioneer, calico printer, printer, and gold beater. The volume is illustrated with => 12 fine full-page wood engravings (counted in the pagination); while the publisher's advertisement at the back lays claim to 13 engravings, other known copies are also described as having 12 illustrations, and the pagination here is uninterrupted.
The approximate date of publication is based on the address of J. Bysh in the imprint. There are two pages of publisher's advertisements and a table of contents present.
Provenance: 1841 gift inscription on front free endpaper, "James Dow Sainter from his mother." Bookseller's label of G. Harrison of Barnsley on front pastedown; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
This informative guide is => now scarce: Searches of NUC and WorldCat find only the copy at UCLA, and a search of COPAC finds no copies at all.
Brown, London Publishers and Printers. Red leather shelfback and marbled paper–covered boards, rebacked skillfully with portions of original spine reattached; binding showing wear and fading. Pages lightly age-toned with some offsetting. => Volume overall very good, the wood engravings wonderful. (39285) Please RESHELVE This.
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