By Silas Weir Mitchell, illustrated by Henry C. Bispam
1867 (i.e. 1866)
First edition of this charming insect adaptation of the 1001 Nights, in which Fuz-Buz the fly buys himself time after being caught in Mother Grabem's web.
Very good plus.
THE WONDERFUL STORIES OF FUZ-BUZ THE FLY
"'Oh mama!' said one fat little spider. 'It would be a shame to eat a thousand stories all at once. Let us keep him until he tells us nine hundred and ninety-nine tales, and then we can eat him afterwards.'"
Though best known for his contributions to neurology, Silas Weir Mitchell also published children's books and poetry. As typical for this period, this book was issued in late 1866 for the holiday market, but 1867 is printed on the title page to extend its market relevance. According to the Bibliography of American Literature, this state of the book is quite rare, with all of the illustrations found in the large paper edition.
Read more: Blanck, Bibliography of American Literature (BAL), 254-255; Blanck, Peter Parley to Penrod, 145.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1867 (i.e. 1866). Full title: The Wonderful Stories of Fuz-Buz the Fly and Mother Grabem the Spider. 6.75'' x 5''. Original green publisher's cloth binding with gilt stamped designs. Full-page black-and-white frontispiece with eight full-page black-and-white plates. 79,  pages. Bookplate of Nellie E. L. Parker to front pastedown; pencil inscription to front flyleaf, "Christmas. Dec 25th. 1866." Faint rubbing to boards, with a bit of mild bumping to extremities. Tiny marginal repair to verso of title page; occasional light foxing. Hinges strong, gilt bright.
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