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Burden, Mrs.  Short tales in short words: About the lame boy; the sea shore; the cross boy; and, the stray child. London: Thomas Dean & Son, [1855]. 12mo (15.2 cm, 5.98"). 59, [5 (4 adv.)] pp. (lacking 4 pp.); 7 col. plts. (incl. in pagination).

Chapbook containing four short stories for children, emphasizing the virtues of kindness, patience, hard work, and caution. The tales are => embellished with seven hand-colored wood engravings, done by Whatman after T.H. Jones and featuring what the publisher advertised as "fanciful borders." The first story offers an interesting insight into 19th-century book production, with one child taking up work cutting small prints from a large sheet, to be bound into books.
        This is the stated sixth edition, with the publication date suggested by the Bodleian; it is notably uncommon, with WorldCat finding => only one U.S. institution (Wayne State) reporting an actual hard copy rather than microform.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Opie A 188; Osborne Collection, p. 973. Publisher's brown cloth, ribbon-embossed in a staggered ripple pattern, front cover with gilt-stamped title framed in blind-stamped arabesques; neatly rebacked with buckram, edges faded, corners rubbed. Two leaves of text lacking from final story; one plate bound in the wrong story but all plates present. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean.  (40708)   Please RESHELVE This.

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