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 My pretty present. : Thomas Nelson & Sons; London: S.W. Partridge & Co., [ca. 1885]. 18mo (14.7 cm, 5.75"). [56] pp.; illus.
$100.00

First edition: This appealing and now uncommon children's book appeared as part of both Nelson's "Short Story" series and their "My Story Box" series. The front cover bears an affixed => chromolithograph of a Greenaway-style young girl holding a posy; the title-page vignette was engraved by popular illustrators Bross and Bogart — as several subsequent images also appear to have been — and each text page features a large wood engraving, four done in silhouette style, with an accompanying paragraph telling a brief story or describing the moral to be drawn from the image. The subjects of the pictures include a poor sailor, a policeman, and a milkmaid as well as fashionably dressed children and a variety of pets and livestock. Overall, the stories stress perseverance, politeness, and kindness to animals.
        Binding: Publisher's cream paper–covered boards, front cover with mounted color-printed illustration of a young girl as above, back cover with black-stamped decorative design.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Binding as above, very lightly soiled, and interior with a few spots of light foxing only; a clean, lovely copy, apparently => untouched by childish hands (or only by awfully careful ones).  (40740)   Please RESHELVE This.


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