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[Darton, William]. Little Jack of all trades; or, mechanical arts described, in prose and verse, suited to the capacities of children. With engraved representations of the different trades. London: Harvey & Darton, 1823. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 66, [4 (adv.)] pp.; 15 plts. $500.00
Popular juvenile introduction to printing (lovingly described!), masonry, baking, auctioneering, shoemaking, and many other trades, with the text generally attributed to children's publisher William Darton. The work was first published in two separate parts in 1804 and 1805, with this being the => first edition of the present revised version, featuring 45 new copper-engraved illustrations: a frontispiece and 14 plates, offering three views apiece. The description of each trade opens with several lines of relevant poetry, and some close with words of social consciousness — for instance, noting the necessity for women and the blind to find suitable professions, encouraging children to keep in mind that some items they find useful or convenient may have significant negative impacts on their makers, and declaring hunting and fishing cruel amusements. At the back is a four-page catalogue of Harvey & Darton's recent books for youth.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription reading "E.A.a[?]. G.G. & C.C. Williams, 1824." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 3819; Opie B 193; Osborne 114. Contemporary quarter maroon calf and marbled paper–covered sides; sides slightly darkened, spine and edges rubbed. Inscription as above. Pages age-toned with offsetting from plates and very occasionally a minor smudge or stain; otherwise clean and unmarked. => A nice copy, with handsome illustrations documenting social history in general and labor history in particular. (40760) Please RESHELVE This.
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