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[Sandham, Elizabeth Semple].  The story of Charles Maitland; or, the dangers of a meddling disposition [The magic lantern; or, amusing and instructive exhibitions for young people. Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1807]. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12 pp.; 8 col. plts.

Early American edition of this collection of eight moral stories, presented in the context of parents projecting vignettes via magic lantern and explaining those scenes to their children, with => the "magic lantern" views displayed here for readers in the form of eight hand-colored frontispieces. The tales include "The Story of Peevish William," "Anna, the Tale Bearer," "Harrington; or, the Artful Boy Discovered," and "Careless Isabella; or, the Dangers of Delay," a tale made tragic by the apparent => obviousness to modern eyes of poor Isabella's suffering through ADHD! The collection title and publication information are based on Shaw & Shoemaker and WorldCat, as the main title-page is lacking here; and while this copy also lacks two stories and their illustrations, the present eight stories and metal-engraved plates offer much of interest both visually and textually.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 12975; see also Welch 1153 (colophons described by Welch not present here). Contemporary quarter roan and paper-covered sides, much worn and abraded with front cover nearly separated and sides discolored; main title-page and two stories ("Wandering William" and "Philip & Agnes") lacking. Pages and plates age-toned with occasional edge chips, dog-earing, and spots of staining. First plate with lower margin cut down, one plate with early inked initials on recto, first p. 3 torn across (without loss). => Imperfect and so priced, still a charming copy of an uncommon item.  (41729)   Please RESHELVE This.

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