Probable first edition of this miniature alphabet chapbook with moral undertones and delightful woodcuts.
Very good plus.
"Y & Z Do end this list, / My next shall be a better."
Many of the little rhymes accompanying the letters in this alphabet book emphasize the importance of good behavior, but it is clear that the author struggled with others: "O is for Ox, – he plows the field, / And well rewards our care" is a bit more catchy than "X is the next letter." We only locate 5 holdings of THE PICTURE ALPHABET on OCLC, and this is a particularly sharp example.
New Haven: S. Babcock, [circa 1840]. 3'' x 1.75''. Original blue pictorial wrapper, saddle-stitched. Pictorial title page with ten woodcut illustrations. 8 pages. Faint contemporary pencil owner names to inner wrappers. Wrappers with a touch of soil. Leaves with scattered foxing. A sharp copy.
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