Boston. De Wolfe, Fiske and Company. Circa 1890.
Hardbound children's book, 4 color lithographic plates plus black and white full-page and in-text illustrations, unpaginated (54 pages), 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, paper covered boards and cloth spine. Covers worn with moderate soiling, dampstaining and rubbing; circular ring to back cover suggests book used as a coaster; hinges cracked; toning and light marks throughout text block; 3 color plates show faint residue of paper from opposite page; despite faults, a charming and attractive volume with richly colored lithographs. A nineteenth century collection of stories for children with illustrations by different uncredited artists. An uncommon item with only two Worldcat listings (University of Florida and Penn State University). Item #56531