1850. London: T. Goode, [c. 1850].
12mo, pp. illustrated with woodcuts. Original pink wrappers, partially unopened, a brilliant copy virtually as new.
§ A rare and wonderful little primer in amazing condition. The illustrations are woodcuts of lions, dogs, mice etc. and a striking feature is the decorative upper wrapper composed of printer’s flowers. The back cover has an instructive alphabet made of a poem whose first letter of each line creates the alphabet: ending “Xerxes, o’er millions, weeping cried, / Yon host, the grave, must shortly hide. / Z comes at last, best place of any, to fit a Zea-lot or a Zany.” The booklet is genuinely rare, with no copies on line (5/2010) and only the Opie copy in the Bodley recorded, from which a facsimile was made. No copy at auction; not in Gumuchian or Osborne. Presumably not in Cotsen (not listed online). The title is not uncommon as a title and occurs from the 1780s on but this version seems genuinely rare. Item #102821