A Picture Book for Little Children. Children’s Book, Bookselling, Kimber, Conrad.

A Picture Book for Little Children.

Philadelphia: Published by Kimber & Conrad, [1812?]. First edition. Original stiff unprinted yellow wrappers, 5.75 x 2.63 inches, [24] pages. Illus. with woodcuts throughout. Some slight toning to the wrappers and the leaves; a few leaves misprinted or printed while creased; in very good condition. Item #18721

A curious compendium of woodcut vignettes, assembled seemingly at random (Welch notes a few seem reworked from an 1810 Hosford Robinson Crusoe) and captioned as though by afterthought in a strange, olla-podidra collection of moral instruction and specific if improbable fact. (A fairly generic church view is labeled “The Swedes Church,” while a cut of a seemingly generic finch or pigeon bears a caption claiming unconvincingly that it depicts a wet turkey—“perhaps she is not very well.”) Otherwise, the young reader is admonished not to sit back-to-back with an interlocutor, nor to injure birds, and “Do be kind to the poor black boy.” The publishers also include a cut of an open book with the helpful caption, “The bible is the best of all books. Children who can read in the bible, may go to Kimber & Conrad’s Store and buy one for themselves.” Welch 993 (suggesting the publication date of 1812); Rosenbach 466.

Price: $125.00

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