Manners and Customs. Vermont Imprints, Anonymous, Chapbook.

Manners and Customs.

Wells River [Vermont]: White and Wilcox, 1831. Original printed pictorial wrappers, 3.88 x 2.5 inches, 8 pages. Illus. Spine reinforced at an early date with a vernacular thread repair; somewhat worn and soiled; in good condition. Item #19170

An uncommon and ephemeral Wells River imprint, this title with this imprint evidently known at AAS only. (Ira White and various other partners seem to have been active in Wells River in the 1830s.) Another chapbook of this title was published in Windsor, Vermont, in 1810 but appears to have variant contents; this version includes the Lion, the Fox, the Chinese, a Robin, and a Tiger—not exactly rich in anthropological data, the sole cultural example noting, “The Chinese live in China. We are not very well acquainted with this country, but it is very full of people, most of whom are very poor. Parents who have more children than they know how to support are allowed to throw their infants into the rivers, or the streets, and they are picked up, and cast into a pit.” Small contemporary ink autograph verses mounted with wax to the inside front wrapper (since fallen off the wrapper but present).

Price: $150.00

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