The Wonderful Letter-Bag of Kit Curious . . . by Uncle Frank [pseud]. Children’s Science, Francis C. Woodworth.

The Wonderful Letter-Bag of Kit Curious . . . by Uncle Frank [pseud].

Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, (1852). First edition. Small 8vo, original gilt- and blind-stamped pictorial red cloth, 156, [2] pages, a.e.g. Frontis, engraved title page, six plates tinted sepia. Some light wear and soiling to the cloth; some scant foxing; a very good copy. Item #18820

Short miscellaneous sketches for children, including chapters on the hot springs of Iceland, the properties of magnets, life among the icebergs, the North Pole, and the Crystal Palace in London: “You ought to know the name of the man who furnished the plan for the crystal palace. His name was Paxton. . . . Mr. Paxton thought he would see what he could do. This gentleman was a landscape gardener. He had made a beautiful garden for the Duke of Devonshire. The duke had an enormous water lily, which needed a large house. Mr. Paxton had made one for it, almost entirely of glass and iron; and he did no see any reason why a building for the great exhibition could not be made in the same way.” The attractive plates include a vew of the Crystal Palace. AAS notes a (presumably) later version with a joint Phillips, Sampson and J. C. Derby imprint from not before 1854; this edition certainly precedes that issue. Early gift inscription to the front free endpaper, “Miss Fanny L. Bailey Present from Joseph.”.

Price: $150.00