Very scarce antebellum US chapbook of the classic tale, with charming wood engravings.
THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF JACK AND THE BEAN STALK
"The bargain was struck instantly, and the cow exchanged for a few paltry beans."
Turner and Fisher, best known for their almanacs, put out a number of these small-format fairy tales in the 1840s. Only institutional holding located via OCLC, with an additional copy at the American Antiquarian Society.
New-York and Philadelphia: Turner & Fisher, . Cover title: The Popular Fairy Tale of Jack and the Bean-Stalk. 6'' x 3.75''. Original blue pictorial wrappers, stab-sewn. Hand-colored frontispiece with eight black-and-white in-text illustrations. 24 pages. Early owner name in ink to first blank. Light soil to wrappers, very minor loss to head and tail of spine. Leaves have some foxing and light soiling. Remarkably sound.
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