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Berquin, Arnaud; John Bewick, illus.  The looking-glass for the mind; or intellectual mirror: Being an elegant collection of the most delightful little stories, and interesting tales: Chiefly translated from that much admired work, L'ami des enfans. London: Pr. for J. Harris et al. by J. Crowder & E. Hemsted, 1803. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). [8], 271, [1] pp.; illus.
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Morally instructive children's stories, featuring 74 wood engravings by John Bewick. This is the stated ninth edition, following the 1792 printing, that having been the first to use these illustrations — which Hugo calls "some of the most beautiful examples" of John Bewick's skill. Each story opens with a wood-engraved vignette and closes with a tailpiece (often unrelated to the story, and generally an animal).
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription noting gift to Betty Shipp from Madame Brown, dated 1808; and with pencilled inscription reading simply "Burch." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

On earlier eds., see: Hugo, Bewick Collector, 66 & Osborne Collection, pp. 861/62. Contemporary mottled sheep, neatly and simply rebacked with lighter speckled sheep; original leather with small scuffs and extremities lightly rubbed. New endpapers. Inscriptions as above. Interior age-toned; a very few pages with small ink smears, pages otherwise completely free of any signs of juvenile handling. => A solid and pleasing copy, offering some of the younger Bewick's most appealing work.  (40701)   Please RESHELVE This.


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