THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR. Battledore.
THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR.
THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR.
THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR.

THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR.

Philadelphia: Jacob Johnson, [c.1810].

Four leaves, the first and last pasted down to the covers, the 2 inner ones pasted together making 4 pages in all, containing 24 letters of alphabet cries in six compartments to a page; in the original covers with a flap reading COME, READ and LEARN; the front and back cover have at the top, "READ, AND BE WISE", below this an alphabet, a woodcut by A. Anderson, numerals, and on the front cover and the imprint of Benjamin Warner, 147 Market Street, without date; the lower cover has the lower case alphabet in roman and italic letters, a different woodcut, the numerals, and no imprint. (Cataloguing from Rosenbach's Early American Children's Books. p. 164). Uncomminly fine. Item #20795

"The cries illustrating the alphabet are a very pretty set, and are probably an early set of Newcastle or York Cries by Bewick... The Battledore was an offshoot of the hornbook, and was printed on the double fold of stiff cardboard with the extra piece folded over in order to fit it for the double purpose it had to serve. In school it was used for teaching children the alphabet, whilst out of school it served as the battledore in the game of shuttlecock and battledore." (Rosenbach no. 428).
Hamilton suggests that the woodcut on the front cover may be by William Mason. (Hamilton. Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers, no. 1014). Welsh 1363. See also Gottlieb, Early Children's Books and Their Illustration (Pierpont Morgan Library), no. 151.
American Imprints 14251; Shaw 21546.

Price: $875.00

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