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LITERATURE AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID R. MACDONALD

[Christmas Carol]
MIRTH WITHOUT MISCHIEF. CONTAINING THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS; THE PLAY OF THE GAPING-WIDE-MOUTHED-WADLING-FROG; LOVE AND HATRED; THE ART OF TALKING WITH THE FINGERS; AND NIMBLE NED'S ALPHABET AND FIGURES. LONDON: PRINTED BY J. DAVENPORT ... FOR C. SHEPPARD, [1780]
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 USD
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192

LITERATURE AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID R. MACDONALD

[Christmas Carol]
MIRTH WITHOUT MISCHIEF. CONTAINING THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS; THE PLAY OF THE GAPING-WIDE-MOUTHED-WADLING-FROG; LOVE AND HATRED; THE ART OF TALKING WITH THE FINGERS; AND NIMBLE NED'S ALPHABET AND FIGURES. LONDON: PRINTED BY J. DAVENPORT ... FOR C. SHEPPARD, [1780]
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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[Christmas Carol]
MIRTH WITHOUT MISCHIEF. CONTAINING THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS; THE PLAY OF THE GAPING-WIDE-MOUTHED-WADLING-FROG; LOVE AND HATRED; THE ART OF TALKING WITH THE FINGERS; AND NIMBLE NED'S ALPHABET AND FIGURES. LONDON: PRINTED BY J. DAVENPORT ... FOR C. SHEPPARD, [1780]
32mo (4 x 2 3/8 in.; 102 x 60 mm). Woodcut frontispiece with 5 lines of poetry beneath, woodcut title vignette, woodcut text illustrations, 1 page publisher's advertisement at end. Publisher's blue printed wrappers with imprint of G. Thompson, and his advertisement on bottom cover; small tears in backstrip mended. In a blue cloth slipcase.
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Provenance

Justin Schiller (bookplate tipped on to publisher's advertisement)

Catalogue Note

First edition of the first printing of The Twelve Days of Christmas. An extraordinary copy of a rare book. No copy has appeared at auction in the past 40 years; only 1 copy recorded (Opie collection, Bodleian Library, who dates it c. 1780), all others in Worldcat are e-books. Not in Cotsen.

The imprint of the wrapper "G. Thompson, 43 Long Lane, West Smithfield" suggests a later issue of perhaps 1807-1809 (see Todd, A Directory of Printers (1972), p. 193).

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