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Ramble, Robert [pseud. of John Frost]. A port folio for youth. Philadelphia: J. Crissy (pr. by J. Crissy & G. Goodman), 1835. 8vo (16.6 cm, 6.53"). Frontis., 352 pp.; illus. $350.00
Uncommon sole edition: Poems, tales, and short educational pieces, including many drawing parables from natural history and some based on historical events. One story, "The Miller's Daughter," is set during the French Revolution and features an aristocrat in hiding, while another item offers a biography of Edward Drinker, born "on the spot where the city of Philadelphia now stands," who lived to see both "the beginning and the end of the British empire in Pennsylvania" (pp. 277–78). => To catch and hold childish interest, snake charmers, murderous smugglers, diamond mines, and fatal balloon accidents are sprinkled throughout the more sedate moralizing items.
These pieces were collected from a wide variety of sources by prolific children's author John Frost. The stories are => illustrated with over 50 wood-engraved vignettes, some of which WorldCat attributes to Abel Bowen and Ezra Atherton.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with small, neatly inked gift inscription reading "Eliza M. Elliott [/] Presented by her brother, B. Elliott 1840"; preliminary leaf with early inked inscription with similar content, in a larger and less precise hand. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
American Imprints 31768. Not in Osborne Collection. Publisher's printed blue paper–covered sides with roan shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title; sides with small spots of discoloration and offsetting from leather, spine and edges rubbed with extremities chipped. Inked inscription on preliminary leaf (written inside a printed decorative flower urn vignette), this offset onto surrounding leaves including frontispiece. One leaf slightly crumpled during printing. Mild to moderate foxing throughout. => A solid and entirely enjoyable copy of this impressive, seldom-encountered collection. (41188) Please RESHELVE This.
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