The Young Child’s A, B, C; or, First Book. Alphabet book.

The Young Child’s A, B, C; or, First Book.

1820. New York: Samuel Wood & Sons [between 1818 and ?1824].

12mo (82 x 140 mm), 16 pp. Original publisher’s wrappers, illustrated with a horse beneath a grove of trees on the front, a ruin on the rear. Upper wrapper lightly soiled with light dime-sized stain and worm hole both transferring to first few pages. Interior and lower wrapper free of markings. A very good copy overall.

§ A later edition of the first children's book published by Samuel Wood, an attractive primer containing upper and lower case alphabets, vowels, and numbers, followed by a pictorial alphabet and progressive syllable exercises. First published in 1806, there were several editions each varying in the wrapper illustrations and occasionally in the illustrations for the pictorial alphabet. Rosenbach attributes all of the cuts to Alexander Anderson (here, A for Ape, B for Bear, C for Cat...); Pomeroy is more cautious but includes the title page engraving among others. Rosenbach 596. Pomeroy 203(e). Gumuchian 221, and illustrated on plate 50 (another edition); cf. Haviland-Coughlan pp. 26-30 (1st ed. of 1806, completely reproduced). Item #6517

Price: $250.00

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