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Sherwood, [Mary Martha].  History of Emily and her brothers. By Mrs. Sherwood. London: Houlston & Co. (pr. by R. Clay), [1847]. 16mo (10.1 cm, 3.97"). 30 pp. (frontis. incl. in pagination); col. illus.
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In this charming chapbook a little girl named Emily raises money to buy a Bible for a poor old woman, teaching the reader about family values, math, and, of course, the Bible. First published in 1816, the text is here illustrated with => seven hand-colored woodcut vignettes. The frontispiece is affixed to the front wrapper (as issued), and the rear wrapper features a bookseller's advertisement, listing a number of other books by Mrs. Sherwood (Mary Martha Sherwood, 1775–1851), who was a beloved and prolific children's book author.
        The title-page calls this the "twenty-second edition" (the date of publication given here is suggested by the Bodleian), and it is uncommon: a search of WorldCat finds => just one reported U.S. institutional hard-copy holding (Bryn Mawr).
        Provenance: From the children's library of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Opie A 211/3; Osborne Collection, p. 935 (for 1837 ed.). Original green printed paper wrappers, spine extremities slightly rubbed. => A notably clean, bright, unworn copy, with excellent hand-coloring.  (41484)   Please RESHELVE This.


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