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Day, Thomas, et al.; John Bewick, illus. The children's miscellany: In which is included the history of Little Jack. London: Pr. for John Stockdale, 1797. 12mo (17.7 cm, 7"). Frontis., v, , 325, [5 (adv.)] pp.; illus. $500.00
Entertaining and educational reading for children, offering a mixture of moralizing stories, natural history (with descriptions of elephants and rhinoceroses), and poems (including "The Diverting History of John Gilpin" and "Gray's Elegy"). The volume opens with Day's popular "Little Jack," which had originally been written for the 1788 first edition of this collection, and closes with "The History of Philip Quarll" — a version of The Hermit, one of the more successful Robinsonades.
The copperplate frontispiece was engraved after M. Brown (dated 1787), and => the 28 in-text vignettes were wood-engraved by John Bewick. The collection was first published by Stockdale in 1788, and expanded for his 1790 printing; the present edition marks the second appearance of Bewick's illustrations.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of author, critic, and librarian Sir Edmund William Gosse (bookplate done by Edwin Austin Abbey); most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Osborne Collection, p. 1043 (for 1790 ed., p. 409 for first ed.); Hugo, Bewick Collector (suppl., 1970 ed.) no. 4090; ESTC T165228; Gumuchian 2091. Contemporary mottled sheep, rebacked some time ago with tan sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled compartments, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; rubbed overall, sides with expectable acid-pitting. Light offsetting to title-page from frontispiece; minor to moderate offsetting in text throughout, with occasional spots of foxing. => Well-executed work by Bewick and interesting reading to boot. (41045) Please RESHELVE This.
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