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[Dufrénoy, Adélaïde Gillette Billet]. Juvenile games, for the four seasons. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, [ca. 1820]. 12mo (14.5 cm, 5.7"). Frontis., , ii, 139, , 17 (adv.),  pp.; illus. $350.00
Uncommon Scottish-printed English translation of the Jeux des quatre saisons (Paris, 1812). The seasonally themed game instructions are given in dialogue form, with => attractive wood-engraved illustrations including a title-page vignette of four boys flying kites; and indeed all the illustrations depict boys (only) at play — a fact to which the preface devotes a whole paragraph of comment, noting that => as the text makes clear, the games are intended to be of interest to young persons of both sexes!
Gumuchian suggests a publication date ca. 1820, while several WorldCat records give 1819; Oliver and Boyd originally published this work in 1817. At the back of the volume is a section of advertising for M.J. Godwin and Co.'s "Popular works, for the amusement and instruction of young persons."
Provenance: Front free endpaper inscription noting this as a prize for spelling "adjudged to Master Robert Wardle, midsummer 1823." Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 3470; Opie K 45. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked some time ago preserving original spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped red leather title-label; binding a little rubbed and spine leather darkened with small chips. Pages slightly age-toned with scattered spots of foxing mostly confined to the first and a last few leaves. => An attractive, very interesting little book. (41584) Please RESHELVE This.
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