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Editor of The Playmate. Home for the holidays; a pleasant remembrance of my early days. London: James Nelson & Co. (pr. by Thomas Horrild), 1859. 4to (22.6 cm, 8.89"). , 19,  pp.; 8 col. plts. $475.00
These gentle, nostalgic tales of summertime games and amusements (including a theatre excursion to see "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Beauty and the Beast," playing cricket, pretending to be horses, and sailing toy boats) were => illustrated with a total of nine hand-colored drawings by Joseph Kenny Meadows, engraved by George and Edward Dalziel, two members of the famed Brothers Dalziel firm. The Playmate, also known as the Illustrated Juvenile Miscellany, was a children's periodical that later merged with Robert Merry's Museum; it is unclear who was holding the title of editor at the time of this work's publication. Whoever the anonymous author was, he set these very English stories in "Seacome Park," England, close to London. This is the second London edition of the work, following the first of 1848; WorldCat locates only three U.S. holdings.
Though this offers "stories" not "morality," and its illustrations are meant only to give pleasure in connection with the stories, yet => a good deal can be gleaned here as to both "conduct" and "costume."
Binding: Publisher's blue textured cloth, covers framed with wide embossed strapwork and foliate borders, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title and vignette of a small child reading a large book. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2H27679. Binding as above, spine and edges rubbed and darkened with hinges (inside) cracked, upper outer corners bumped, areas of discoloration to back cover, none of this condemning and gilt vignette still bright. Pages faintly age-toned with occasional minor smudges; plates clean and appealing. (41207) Please RESHELVE This.
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