Artificiana or a Key to the Principle Trades Embellished with Beautiful Wood-Cuts Descriptive of Each Trade ([ 1819 ])

Children's Book

1819 illustrated Book of Trades

Published: Oliver and Boyd

Date: [ 1819 ]

First Edition, Published in Edinburgh Scotland by Oliver and Boyd in 1819 this is a very attractive little book for children describing all the principle trades of the time charmingly illustrated with wood-cuts throughout, book is a small slim format measuring 4.25 inches by 3.5 inches approx., bound in what is probably the original quarter leather binding with marbled covered boards, 126pp the binding has some small splits to the leather at spine ends, wear to corners else binding is in good general condition, internally endpapers foxed, first page of text after the contents pages has some wear to edges with a short edge tear and browning, there has been a strengthening repair to inner margin of this page with a white paper tape, which indicates in may have become loose at some point, hence the worn edges, short edge tear to page 31 with no loss, occasional foxing and browning spots with some mild offsetting to the wood-cuts, a few creased corners and minor handling marks, some gatherings standing proud of text block but all pages firmly attached, else in general acceptable condition

Copac shows only one copy of this title, and that is the Second Edition with the advert leaf on page four dated Aug 1, 1820 this copy is the First Edition with the Advert leaf dated Jun 1, 1819 the Copac listing for the second edition mentions a frontispiece that is not included in the pagination, the frontispiece is not present in this copy and I can see no obvious evidence that one was ever present, the book has been collated against the pagination and is complete I don’t know if the First Edition also was issued with a frontispiece or whether it was just added to the second edition as it is not part of the original pagination the book is complete otherwise

Quarter Leather


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