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Geyser, J.B., illus.  Humpty Dumpty and his wonderful adventures. [Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881?]. Large 4to (27.1 cm, 10.66"). 8 ff.; col. illus.
$450.00

This Humpty is a clown rather than an egg, due to falling afoul of a passing fairy. His roguish escapades — which culminate in being eaten by a whale! — are told in verse and illustrated with => a vividly colored cover and six full-page illustrations chromoxylographed from designs by J.B. Geyser, the cover additionally enhanced with gilt-stamping. Unlike at least one digitized copy, the present example of this toybook does not bear Thomson's information at the foot of either the front or the back wrapper (the back wrapper here substitutes "For sale by all booksellers"), but the text and illustrations otherwise match that printing.
        Hard copies of this 19th-century printing are scarce: a search of WorldCat finds only six U.S. institutions reporting holdings (Monmouth County Historical Association, New York Public, New York State Library, UCLA, University of Florida, Yale).

Publisher's tan paper wrappers, front wrapper pictorially stamped in color and gilt, back wrapper with publisher's advertisement; wrappers slightly darkened with smudges to outer margins and spots of discoloration to back wrapper, spine starting to split. Scattered small spots to pages. => Slightly fragile overall, but an impressively bright, engaging, and desirable item.  (42025)   Please RESHELVE This.


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