The Lost Child; a Christmas Tale.

(Juvenile.) [?FORDYCE (Josephine)]

The Lost Child; a Christmas Tale.

Description: FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, with engraved frontispiece and 5 plates, offsetting from plates, bound without the half-title, pp. [iii-] vi, 34, [4, ads], small 8vo, contemporary tree calf, rebacked, craquelure towards joints, corners worn, inscribed in a tiny hand right at the top of the title 'To dear Maria Brown with the Author's love', small near contemporary printed label inside front cover of Mrs. W.A. Hammond

Publication Details: Printed [by W. Wilson] for J. Harris, Successor to E. Newberry [sic], 1810

Notes: A very scarce, if not exactly cheerful, definitely improving, Christmas story, in verse. The author explains to her 'Dear Young Friends' in the Preface, that 'some of the characters are taken from life: you must not therefore be surprized to find those of the humbler order speaking and acting in a rude, unpolished manner ... Honest Walter [the hero] was a brave, warm-hearted, English sailor - but he never heard of a rule of syntax - nay, I question if he had learned to spell.' This Tar was participating in the war against 'that Fiend of France.' The authorship is unknown. Moon refers to an ide...more

Bibliography: (Moon 507)

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Price: £1,500

Subject: Childrens

Published Date: 1810

Stock Number: 67506

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