First edition of this miniature book highlighting historic royals from Philip of Macedonia to Napoleon, with an American national flavor.
THE BOOK OF FAMOUS KINGS AND QUEENS
"Let us Americans rejoice that our country has never, since the glorious Fourth of July, 1776, owned allegiance to any king."
This little title blends simple history with illustrations and moral teachings into an ideal mid-19th-century children's book. While the majority of the royal figures highlighted have traits to emulate, the introduction frames the biographical vignettes as more of a curiosity and a warning: "Our young readers, although born in a republican country where kings are not tolerated, and we hope they never will be, may still derive amusement and instruction from knowing something of their doings in other countries... the young reader will not fail to observe also how terribly the crimes of kings have been punished, and what misfortunes they have brought upon their people."
Philadelphia: H. C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, [circa 1852]. 3'' x 2.25''. Original green publisher's cloth binding with gilt titles and ornaments. All edges gilt. Endpapers yellow. Illustrated with black-and-white wood engravings throughout. 191 pages. Ink gift inscription to front flyleaf, dated "April 25 1852." Hinges expertly repaired. A bit of faint discoloration to cloth and infrequent light foxing: overall quite well preserved.
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