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INFANT'S LIBRARY BOOKCASE.. The Infant's Library.1800

London: Printed and Sold by John Marshall, 16 Vols., numbered 1 to 16, 16mo (55 x 45 mm), vols., 1, 2 & 16 with letterpress title page and consisting of 64pp., other vols., with engraved title pages and 32pp., all illustrated with either full-page woodcuts or engravings except for vol. 2 which is letterpress throughout, later blue faux morocco buckram, lettered in gilt on upper cover, all housed within the original wooden box (145 x 95 mm) divided into four shelved compartments lined with pink paper, thus forming a portable library, it has a sliding lid on which is depicted in red and green a glazed Georgian bookcase, this is rather faded with varnish peeling, scroll-work pediment forming a handle at the top of the lid. These most charming little volumes are delightfully illustrated, of particular interest are book One with a woodcut pictorial alphabet, book Five showing a Elephant, Camel, Kanguroo [sic], etc., book Seven with hand-coloured images of flowers, book Eight Boys' games (Badminton, Cricket, etc.), and book Thirteen Little Girls' Games (dolls, playing cards, blindman's buff, the swing "this is a very dangerous play and very improper for young ladies", etc.). The following list gives the title designations used by Roscoe as given in his Book Collector article: 1. Alphabet. 2. Reading and Spelling Book. 3. Outdoor scenes, landscapes, etc. 4. Furniture, domestic and other such objects. 5. Animals. 6. As 3. 7. Flowers. 8. Birds. 9. Small boys' games. 10. Domestic and garden and other such objects. 11. As 3. 12. As 3. 13. Little girls' games. 14. As 3. 15. As 3. 16. A Short History of England. Spielman, 209, Bondy, pp. 59-60; Alderson, Miniature Libraries for the Young, The Private Library Third Series, Vol. 6, no. 1; Roscoe, John Marshall, The Book Collector, Vol. 4, no. 2.

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