First edition of this little moral tale of the theft of a melon and the resulting punishment for the thief, published by active abolitionist Charles Whipple.
"He himself directed the first arrangement of each garden, which the boys began diligently to put in order, pleased with the novelty and each anxious to have his own surpass the rest."
Publisher Charles Whipple was an active member of the Massachusetts abolitionist movement. According to correspondence held by the Boston Public Library, Whipple was a member of the Essex County Anti-Slavery Society, and at least once sent noted abolitionist journalist William Lloyd Garrison a number of books "for the benefit of the People of Color in Boston or elsewhere." Frequently reprinted by the American Sunday School Union, this first edition is quite rare: it is not recorded by Rosenbach or Osborne, and OCLC locates only one institutional holding, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Read more: Digital Commonwealth, "Letter from Charles Whipple, Newburyport, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1835 June 12."
Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1824. 5.25'' x 3.25''. Original pink pictorial wrappers. Pictorial title page with ten in-text woodcut illustrations. 36 pages, ads to rear wrapper. Contemporary pencil gift inscription to inner front wrapper, "A. [?]. Farrar / from Aunt Hannah." Contemporary pencil equation to rear wrapper.
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