Choice Emblems,

[Wynne (John Huddlestone)]

Choice Emblems,

natural, historical, fabulous, moral, and divine, for the improvement and pastime of youth: ornamented with near fifty handsome allegorical engravings, designed on purpose for this work. With pleasing and familiar descriptions to each, in prose and verse, serving to display the beauties and morals of the ancient fabulists. The whole calculated to convey the golden lessons of instruction under a new and more delightful dress.

Description: with 47 woodcuts in the text, top outer corner of A2 torn away, touching a letter, some browning, pp. xii, 166, 12mo, original sheep, damage to top of upper cover, possibly caused by fire

Publication Details: Philadelphia: Printed and sold by Joseph Crukshank, 1790

Notes: First American edition, the seventh overall. First published in 1772, regular editions appeared up until 1819, 2 in that year, Boston, and Woodstock, Mass. This was the most successful of Wynne's variegated productions. It was as by the author of Choice Emblems that Tales for Youth appeared in 1794, supposedly with cuts by Bewick - but the book is excluded from Tattersfield. There would be no mistaking the woodcuts in the present edition as Bewick's, they being somewhat crude. Verses by Wynne's friend Oliver Goldsmith appear on the title-page. 3 copies only in ESTC, Oxford, and 2 in the Americ...more

Bibliography: (Welch 1457.1; ESTC W25497)

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Price: £1,200

Subject: Childrens

Published Date: 1790

Stock Number: 65164

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