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[Harris, John, pub.]. Sam Syntax's description of the cries of London, as they are daily exhibited in the streets. London: John Harris, [ca. 1825]. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., , 17 ff.; col. illus. $2,250.00
[bound with] [Martin, Sarah Catherine]. The comic adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog: In which are shown the wonderful powers that good old lady possessed in the education of her favourite animal. London: John Harris, [ca. 1830]. 12mo. Frontis., 16, [1 (adv.)] ff.; col. illus.
Two scarce juvenile works published by Harris, one of the pioneering producers of popular children's books of the early 19th century. The first item pairs => rhyming street calls with 16 vignettes of vendors with their wares, along with purchasers and would-be purchasers — as well as a frontispiece featuring Harris's storefront. The second item was "probably the most significant children's book that JH ever published . . . the first sign of his encouragement of a new kind of nursery literature — amusing, pretty, and without any moral teaching whatever" (Moon, p. 83). Both items are printed on facing pages (only), and appear here in their fourth editions as per Moon. Together, the two offer => a total of 34 hand-colored, wood-engraved illustrations.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked inscription reading "Mlles Prevost Martin." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Syntax: Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 766(4); see also Osborne Collection, p. 630 and Gumuchian 1948 & 1949. Hubbard: Gumuchian 4329; Moon, 560(4); see Osborne pp. 683/84 (for 1st and 2nd eds). 19th-century half vellum and marbled paper–covered sides; paper rubbed, vellum darkened, upper outer corner bumped, none of this awful. Pages lightly age-toned and faintly creased, otherwise clean. An attractive copy, and => early editions of these beloved classics are now uncommon. (40758) Please RESHELVE This.
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