The YOUNG CHILD'S A B C, or, First Book. Childrens Chapbook, 1770 - 1870, 1760 - 1844, Alexander - Illustrator. Wood Anderson, Samuel - Publisher.
The YOUNG CHILD'S A B C, or, First Book.

The YOUNG CHILD'S A B C, or, First Book.

New - York: Published by Samuel Wood, 362 Pearl - Street [ J. C. Totten, print ]. 1806. 1st printing (American Imprints 11909; Hamilton 235; Rosenbach 325; Weiss, p. 18; Welch 1461.1). Not in the Osborne Catalogue, Gumuchian, nor the Spencer Catalogue. 16 pp. T.p. vignette. Alphabet pp. 4 - 16, two per page, each letter illustrated with a cut [for 26 total]. Cuts by Anderson [attribution per Rosenbach]. 16mo. 3-7/8" x 3-3/16". Period stiff grey card-stock wraps, sewn. Wraps with two wood-cuts each. Average wear. Some soiling to covers. A solid VG copy. Item #37748

"Contains alphabets in hornbook form, a syllabary, with woodcuts illustrating objects in alphabetical order." [Rosenbach]. This work has the distinction of being the first publication issued by Wood, who would go on to a distinguished career in the publishing trade, with thousands of titles under his imprint. Cf. Weiss, Samuel Woods & Sons [NY: 1942], p. 3.

ABPC shows 4 cc of later printings, ca. 1815 - 1820, to have come to auction in the past 30+ years, none of this first printing.

Rare in the trade.

Price: $1,750.00