Philadelphia: Published by Johnson & Warner; Lydia R. Railey [! for Bailey], Printer, 1808. Second Philadelphia edition, the first appearing in 1803. 12mo, original calf, red morocco label, gilt lettering, , 140 pages. Engraved frontispiece, four plates, plus woodcut illustrations in the text. Some foxing; a little chipped at the head of the spine, calf a bit rubbed, and the spine label just a bit worn at one corner; a very good copy. Item #19596
From an English work published by Newbery as early as 1762, but updated for an American audience; Karpinski attributes the work to Goldsmith, Welch suggests Newbery as the editor of the English edition. Nipps, Lydia Bailey, 8; Welch 949.2; Karpinski, page 149; Rosenbach 376, which notes updates for an American audience--including mention of Dr. Franklin of Philadelphia, as well as in a passage on fossils, "lately, in the state of New-York, the bones of an enormous quadruped have been discovered underneath the surface of the earth," this with a footnote, "A complete skeleton of this animal is not to be seen at *Peale's Museum,* in Philadelphia.--Ed."