[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS. Childrens / Puzzle Book.
[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS.
[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS.
[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS.
[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS.

[KEY] To The CHINESE PHILOSOPHICAL AMUSEMENTS.

New York: Printed for and Published by A. T. Goodrich & Co., 1817. 1st Edition. Not found in American Imprints. Per the OCLC listing for this title, the work has four pages of text followed by 80 unnumbered pages of tangram illustrations. In this copy, after the 4 pages of text are bound-in 25 leaves, printed one side only, numbered [5] - 16, 19 - 21, 24 - 32, followed by the original rear wrapper of the publication. All then followed by the 80 unnumbered pages of woodblock illustrations showing possible combinations of the tangram pieces. These inserted leaves, which show divers numbered combinations of the 7 pieces [338 highest number noted] evidently from a separately published work, to which the publisher alludes on p. [4] of the preliminary matter. [KEY] in the title is rendered on the t.p. by an image of a key at the top of the title leaf. 12mo. 5-1/2" x 4-5/8". 1894 black half-leather binding with blue cloth boards. The front board is gilt-stamped, "Chinese Philosophical Amusements / Published 1817 / Rebound 1894." Binding refurbished, ownership signature of "James C. Riehl" to ffep, paper aged, with apparently period drawings of divers tangram shape possibilities. Withal, a VG+ copy of this quite rare childrens book. Item #46444

A key to accompany The New and Fashionable Chinese Puzzle, also published by A.T. Goodrich & Co., New York: 1817 [American Imprints 40936].

Neither RBH, nor ABPC, show any copies to auction in the past 3+ decades.

OCLC records just 2 holding institutions [Yale & AAS].

Price: $3,500.00

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