Alphabet Picture Sheet c 1821
This book is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-08-20)
Price : GBP165.0
Alphabet Picture Sheet with attractive hand-coloured woodcuts for each letter of the alphabet, intended as a learning aid for children., printed by William Darton in 1821 [ a surviving copy has this date but it may have been printed earlier]. This fragile item has been laid down by an early owner on a sheet of stronger paper from a book, which has assisted its survival in excellent condition. However, the backing sheet has print which shows throught faintly on the Picture-Sheet itself. A paper conservation expert has told me that the backing could be removed , but I have preferred to leave a decision about this to a purchaser. Such items are scarce survivals as they were subject to wear and tear in the nursery.
Sold with two contemporary hand-coloured engravings, one depicting a grandmother helping a child with an Alphabet sheet, and the other a child receiving a prize for effort from his Mama. These are in excellent condition, without imprint.
Alphabet page size : 18 x 30cm
Engravings : Grandma 16 x 20cm, Mama 19 x 15cm
NB : Late research has established that this is a William Darton publication; a copy of the same Alphabet was displayed in the Exhibition of Children's Literature at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Aug. 2008, with an imprint dating it as 1821. In the copy for sale here the imprint has been cropped, but the Alphabet is identical in every way to that in the Bodleian.
This book is sold (sold on 2008-08-20)
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