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  • A Collection of Novels and Tales of the Fairies. by AULNOY, Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barnville, comtesse d' (c. 1650-1705).
    AULNOY, Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barnville, comtesse d' (c. 1650-1705).
    A Collection of Novels and Tales of the Fairies. Written by that Celebrated Wit of France, the Countess d’Anois. In three volumes. Vol. I [-III]. The Fifth Edition. Translated from the best Edition of the Original French, by several Hands. London, J. Brotherton [&c.], 1766.

    Fifth Edition. Three volumes, 12mo, (162 x 92 mm), pp. ix, [iii] advertisements, 288; [ii], [3]-275, [1] advertisements; [ii], [3]-239, [1] advertisements, marginal damp-staining in the second and third volumes, in contemporary tree calf, triple gilt filet to covers with corner floral tooling, joints rubbed but sound, spines elaborately gilt in compartments with red and black labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the later pencil ownership inscription of W.K. Leslie.

    An attractive copy of a scarce English edition of the complete fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy. First published in 1697 as Contes des Fées, with… (more)

    An attractive copy of a scarce English edition of the complete fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy. First published in 1697 as Contes des Fées, with another volume appearing in 1698 under the title Les Contes nouveau, she wrote some thirty stories in all, some of which, like ‘L’Oiseau bleu’ and ‘Le Chatte blanche’ have become classics. Numerous editions of her works have been published since with varying degrees of completeness. All eighteenth century editions in French and English (as of course the original late seventeenth century French editions) are now pretty scarce and as they were well read, they are seldom found in good condition. Despite a few minor scuffs, this is a handsome copy in contemporary tree calf.
    'Comment concilier l'aventureuse existence de cette virago sans scrupules', asks René Herval, 'avec le délicieux talent de l'auteur des Contes de Fées … car il est indéniable que le même esprit qui médita la perte du baron d'Aulnoy a créé une oeuvre qui l'emporte même sur celle de Perrault' (qv. Dictionnaire des Lettres Françaises XVII, pp. 86-87).
    There were a number of early editions of the English text of Aulnoy’s Contes des fées, which was first published in English in 1721 (ESTC lists NLW, Bodleian, Harvard, Miami and Clark). Editions followed in 1722 (Bodleian, Penn); 1728 (BL, Worcester Oxford, Newberry, Illinois, Michigan, Penn, Yale and National Library of Australia); 1737 (Edinburgh University, NLW, Harvard and New York University); 1749 (Cleveland Public, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and Clark); 1749 (Princeton, Alberta, UCLA).

    ESTC t82647, at BL, Cambridge, Louisiana State, Newberry and UCLA only.

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  • KENDALL, Edward Augustus (1775-1842).
    Adventures of Musul: or the Three Gifts; with other Tales. London, J. Bonsor for Vernor and Hood and E. Newbery, 1800.

    FIRST EDITION. 18mo (134 x 78 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. [4], 175, [1] advertisements, in the original green vellum-backed marbled boards, printed paper label on spine, a little worn and dusty, bookplate sometime removed from front pastedown, child’s scribbles and pencil sketch of a horse, pencil sketch of a face on the rear endpaper.

    A scarce collection of moral tales for children set on the ‘ornamented farm’ of Mr Byron, in ‘a romantic valley’ in Lancashire, near the magnificent… (more)

    A scarce collection of moral tales for children set on the ‘ornamented farm’ of Mr Byron, in ‘a romantic valley’ in Lancashire, near the magnificent Lake Windermere. Once a year, Mr Mereworth, a curate and an old friend of Mr Byron, comes to visit, to the delight of Byron’s children who remember his many stories with great fondness. Mr. Mereworth, a keen educator, alerts them to the value of the story ‘which was intended to impress upon the minds of those who heard it, many salutary lessons; which would remind them of the uncertainty of all human prospects, and of the facility with which the greatest advantages may be lost’. The main part of the book tells the story of Musul, third son of a wealthy grandee of Persia, who inherited nothing from his father but a ring, a gem and a cloak: the story shows how, after much suffering, his use of these gifts and his virtuous choices bring him happiness. After several other tales and verses - including a humorous short story, ‘The Prince that had a long nose’ - a final section, ‘The Lessons of Adversity’, reinforces the moral purpose of Kendall’s tales and includes a number of anthropomorphic stories about animals, birds and plants.
    Edward Augustus Kendall was a key figure in changing the way animals were represented in children’s fiction, moving away from the allegorical towards the naturalistic, giving the animals themselves a voice. Other well known writers such as Dorothy Kilner, Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Sarah Trimmer also made important contributions to this change in taste, but it was Kendall who was the principal pioneer, developing new techniques of narrative form to present the thought processes of animals. His Keeper’s Travels in Search of his Master, Crested Wren and Burford Cottage and its Robin Red Breast are seen as important predecessors of The Water Babies and The Wind in the Willows. Kendall is also remembered as a philanthropist and social campaigner, author of the important topographical dictionary, Travels through the Northern Parts of the United States, 1809 and of The English Boy at the Cape, one of the first novels to be set in South Africa.

    ESTC t133645, at BL, NLS, Morgan and Toronto only.

    Roscoe J203.

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  • WILLIAMS, Morgan (1749-1830).
    Catechetical Exercises; designed for the Benefit of Private Learners, as well as for the Use of Young Scholars at School, Numbered and Divided into Eight Lessons. Compiled by the Rev. Morgan Williams, Editor of the “Treasury of Theological Knowledge, &c”, from Approved Authorities. Carmarthen, J. Evans, 1822.

    FIRST EDITION. 16mo (105 x 60 mm), pp. [iv], [5]-159, [1], occasional browning in text, in contemporary marbled paper boards, slightly chipped along joints and head and tail of spine, with an early ink inscription to the front endpaper, ‘Castle Green, Cardigan’.

    A scarce Welsh juvenile devotional work, intended for both private and school use by children. Presented in eight chapters in question and answer form, including… (more)

    A scarce Welsh juvenile devotional work, intended for both private and school use by children. Presented in eight chapters in question and answer form, including ‘On the Being and Attributes of God’, ‘On the Mahometan, Pagan, Jewish and Christian Religions’, ‘On Miracles’, ‘On the dire Effects of Sin, and the Means of Grace’ and ‘On a Variety of entertaining Subjects’. This last chapter includes proverbs, amusing anecdotes, prayers and a chronology. Unusually, all the questions in the catechism, or main, section of the work are given in a long list and these are then followed by all the answers, rather than the questions and answers being given consecutively, as is more usual. A possible reason for this might be to promote personal learning and testing, especially given that the principal design of the work is ‘for the Benefit of Private Learners’.

    OCLC and Copac list Bodleian only.

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  • Courte Description des Quadrupèdes. by HOOFT, Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik (1779-1872).
    HOOFT, Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik (1779-1872).
    Courte Description des Quadrupèdes. 1843

    Manuscript in Ink. 4to (280 x 220 mm), pp. [ii], [14], written in a neat hand in brown ink within single ink ruled border, an elaborate pen and ink wash drawing to the title-page, 11 further ink drawings of animals framed in yellow borders within brown and black ink rules, some of the inked borders bleeding through the paper, 9 of the 11 drawings tipped in, each picture labelled and accompanied by text written in a neat hand, some light browning throughout and occasional marks, in the original decorative wrappers, spine chipped, edges dog-eared.

    A delightful illustrated essay on quadrupeds by the fifteen year old Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik Hooft, who later entered politics and served as burgomaster of the… (more)

    A delightful illustrated essay on quadrupeds by the fifteen year old Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik Hooft, who later entered politics and served as burgomaster of the Hague from 1843 to 1858. In a brief preface, Hooft sets out his reasoning for undertaking this project: that of all the qualities of the many animals in creation - such as the eyesight of an eagle able to spot a lamb from way up high - only man has a soul and has the ability to study and understand them in order to praise God for their creation. The realisation of this ‘agreeable duty’ has led him to decide to spend his leisure hours putting together this project in the hopes that it will bring pleasure to his parents:
    ‘Convaincu de ce devoir agréable, j’ai intention d’employer mes heures de loisir a faire une courte description des proprietés particulieres des quadrupedes; en y ajoutant les animaux mêmes dessinés en encre de Chine. -- Je ne doute que mes chers Parents n’applaudissent à ce dessein et c’est dans cette douce esprance que je me dis avec respect leur obeissant fils, G.L.H. Hooft’.
    The manuscript is charmingly illustrated and shows Hooft to have been an accomplished artist for his age: there are eleven pen and ink drawings of quadrupeds in a variety of landscape settings. The animals included are mostly domestic animals: bulls, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, rams, goats (does and bucks), angora goats, pigs and wild boar. In each case, the most notable characteristics of the animal are given below the drawing. The illustrations are simply but strikingly framed with a yellow wash between single ruled lines. The title page is illustrated in a different style, with a monument bearing the date, 1794, and an inscription from Genesis: ‘Dieu vit tout ce qu’il avait fait, et voilà il était très bon’; the monument is topped with an urn and is set in a landscape filled with domestic and exotic animals, including a lion in the foreground. Facing the title-page is an 8 line stanza of a poem, beginning ‘Arrêtez-vous mes yeux! contemplez les merveilles de ce Dieu’.

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  • BOREMAN, Thomas, publisher.
    Curiosities in the Tower of London. Volume the Second. The Second Edition. London, Thomas Boreman, 1741.

    Second Edition. 32mo (56 x 40 mm), frontispiece and pp. [iii]-xviii, [19]-125, [3], including a full-page woodcut illustration of the devil on duty, with a list of subscribers, text block cut close shaving some page numbers, some browning throughout, in late eighteenth, or very early nineteenth, century red morocco, front board lettered in gilt within gilt border in etruscan style, spine ruled and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, with the early ownership inscription ‘[L]yane Everingham Her Book 1772’.

    A charming survival in a very pretty late eighteenth century red morocco binding of the second volume only of Boreman’s guide to the tower of… (more)

    A charming survival in a very pretty late eighteenth century red morocco binding of the second volume only of Boreman’s guide to the tower of London. This is one of a series of ten miniature volumes produced by Thomas Boreman for the newly emerging children’s book market. Boreman holds an important place in the production of miniature books and was the first publisher to create a catalogue of titles specifically for children, some time before John Newbery.

    See Osborne Collection II, p. 799-800; ESTC t118393.

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  • STELLA, Jacques (1596-1657).
    BOUZONNET-STELLA, Claudine (1636-1697).
    Les Jeux et Plaisirs de l'Enfance, d’après Jacques Stella; terminés par Chaponnier. Paris, Chaise, c. 1806.

    Oblong 8vo (230 x 155mm). ff. 25: [ii], [13] of facing text (with typographical border) and 12 sheets of plates, the odd thumb mark, occasional very minor offsetting from plates, contemporary tree sheep, single blind ruled, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, marbled endpapers, extremities slightly rubbed, small scattered worm holes or trails to upper cover.

    A delightful illustrated celebration of the delights of childhood games, depicting naked cherubs at play. Each plate is accompanied by facing text, providing an explanation… (more)

    A delightful illustrated celebration of the delights of childhood games, depicting naked cherubs at play. Each plate is accompanied by facing text, providing an explanation of the game and a short verse. First published with fifty plates in 1657, this work was originally produced ‘à la poupée’ by the celebrated Lyonnaise printmaker Claudine Bouzonnet-Stella after designs by her uncle, Jacques Stella. Here reprinted in a selection of 12 plates by Alexandre Chaponnier after the originals, it features an explanatory text for each plate on the process and rules of each game including dice, ball and others more obscure or no longer remembered. Printed on thick, high-quality paper and preserving the original tissue guards, this charming work makes a wonderful addition to any study of childhood.
    Joseph Strutt wrote about Claudien Bouzonnet-Stella’s work: ‘If they be not executed with that precision and neatness, which are found in the best French masters, they possess such beauties as overbalance all defects of that nature. The naked parts of the figures are exceedingly well-drawn; and the characters of the heads are finely expressed. She delineated the other extremities with great taste and correctness’ (Strutt, A Biographical Dictionary, 1786, p. 337).

    OCLC locates one copy at Princeton; Brunet V, 529 (1657 ed.).

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  • Sixty Amusing and Instructive Fables, by AESOP (c. 620-560 BC).
    AESOP (c. 620-560 BC).
    Sixty Amusing and Instructive Fables, in French and English. Divided into Sections, and the Two Languages answering almost verbatim, for the Greater Convenience of Learners. The Whole adorned with Cuts. Designed principally for Schools. The Fifth Edition, Carefully Corrected and Improved. London, Johnson, 1773.

    Fifth Edition. 12mo (162 x 108 mm), pp. [iv], 139, [1] advertisements, with 60 part-page woodcut illustrations thoughout the text, printed in two columns in English and French, uncut throughout in the original plain paper covered boards, some light staining but sound.

    A delightful children’s edition of sixty of Aesop’s fables, printed in parallel text in English and French, with woodcut engravings throughout. The woodcuts, one to… (more)

    A delightful children’s edition of sixty of Aesop’s fables, printed in parallel text in English and French, with woodcut engravings throughout. The woodcuts, one to accompany each fable, are mostly unsigned, but a good number bear the initials ‘JE’ or ‘WP’. This selection was first published in 1732 as Amusing and instructive fables in French and English, and all earlier editions are scarce. The 1732 edition is not in ESTC but OCLC lists a copy at Trinity College Dublin; both OCLC and ESTC lists one copy only of the 1738 ‘second edition’ (second volume dated 1736), at the National Library of Scotland. ESTC also lists two copies of the 1747 second edition of Vol II and the ‘third edition’ of Vol I (both at BL and Bodleian only). This title was first used in the 1760 edition, located in OCLC at Princeton only and not listed in ESTC.

    ‘It was thought necessary to adorn these Fables with Cuts, as daily experience shews, that young People are fond of pictures; and that many Children, who would never look into books, were they unadorned, are thereby often allured, and invited to turn them over. The delight Cuts give to the eye, makes young People attend with pleasure to the explanation of them; and by this means they imbibe, at an age when they are most susceptible of impression, many solid and rational principles, which are of use ever after’ (Preface, pp. iii-iv).

    ESTC n23674, at BL, Bodleian, Toronto, Trinity College (Watkinson Library) and UCLA; OCLC adds Creighton University.

    Not in Osborne.

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  • The English Instructor; by VERGANI, Angelo (fl. 1799-1813).
    VERGANI, Angelo (fl. 1799-1813).
    The English Instructor; or Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected from the most eminent English writers, and designed for the use and improvement of those who learn that Language. Paris, Vergani, 1801.

    Second Edition. 12mo (165 x 100mm), pp. iv, 259, in contemporary calf-backed dark painted boards, front joint splitting slightly at the top, faded yellow edges.

    An attractive copy of the second edition of this compilation of English literature, first published in 1799 for the French market. Inspired by the success… (more)

    An attractive copy of the second edition of this compilation of English literature, first published in 1799 for the French market. Inspired by the success of The Beauties of the Spectator, Angelo Vergani assembled the present anthology of ‘Fables, Moral Tales, Histories, Allegories and Reflexions selected from the most eminent English authors with a view to afford farther assistance to those who are desirous of becoming thoroughly acquainted with the elegance and beauty of the English Language’. The extracts are taken from Johnson, Chesterfield, Middleton, Shakespeare, Sterne, Goldsmith and many others, as originally published in the Spectator, Tatler and Guardian. Although the work is intended chiefly for those learning the English language, Vergani suggests that the passages selected are such as will bring pleasure to ‘all sorts of readers’.

    OCLC lists Bodleian, Penn and Butler.

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  • recreations and exercise even for the children of the poor
    contains the first picture of football printed in America
    Youthful Recreations. by [SPORTS.]
    [SPORTS.]
    Youthful Recreations. Philadelphia, J. Johnson, circa 1816-1818.

    Unauthorised Edition. 32mp, (95 x 58 mm), pp. [32], wood-engraved vignette on title-page, including 15 full-page wood-engravings, in the original gilt-speckled yellow wrappers, old repairs to spine and foot of wrappers.

    "'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.' Who this Jack was, we never heard, but we assent to the principle; and it… (more)

    "'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.' Who this Jack was, we never heard, but we assent to the principle; and it must be confessed, that youth is the time to obtain a stock of health, and that is best promoted by moderate exercise."

    A scarce American piracy of this delightful book of children’s pastimes, illustrated with a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page of a boy in a barrow and 15 charming full-page wood engravings depicting different children’s games, with a caption title to identify each plate. Each page has an illustration on one side and text on the other, where details of the particular sports or games are described. The woodcuts depict Battledoor & Shuttlecock, Trap Ball, Hop Scotch, a Rocking Horse, Marbles, Trundling a Hoop, ‘Have a ride in my chair’, Swinging, Foot Ball, Flying a Kite, Bow and Arrow, ‘I Spie! Hi!’, Blind Man’s Buff, Skipping along rope and Bait the Bear.
    ‘To prevent bodily weakness and infirmity, exercise is necessary, and one physician has said, that ‘he did not know which was most necessary to the human frame, food or motion’. To play with battledore and shuttlecock or with trap and ball, is good exercise; and if we had it in our power to grant, not only the children of the affluent, but even such of the poor as are impelled by necessity to pick cotton, card wool, to sit and spin or reel all day, should have at least one hour, morning and evening, for some youthful recreations’ (pp. 6-7).
    This title was first issued by Darton and Harvey in London in 1801 when it formed part of ‘The Infant’s Own Book-Case’, a boxed library set for children. OCLC lists the original Darton edition at the V&A, Princeton, Indiana and UCLA. This book has continued to catch the popular imagination and has been reprinted in modern times including an edition published in 1986 with a preface by Justin Schiller. The date estimate for this edition is taken from the OCLC McGill entry which cites the publisher’s address at No. 147 Market Street as noted in the 19th century American children’s book trade directory WWW site. Another OCLC entry gives [1810] and lists copies at Dartmouth, Connecticut Historical Society, Yale, Syracuse, NYPL and Winterthur.
    NB - Princeton date their copy to 1801.

    See Darton G1072 for the original London, Darton and Harvey, 1801.

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