With Fabric “Dressed” Plates And A “Moveable” Intact (c.1860 - 1862)

ADOMEIT, Ruth [text] and CALVERT, Frederick [illustrations]

ROSE MERTON, The Little Orphan. Dean’s New Dress Book

Date: c.1860 - 1862

ADOMEIT, Ruth [text] and CALVERT, Frederick [illustrations] ROSE MERTON, The Little Orphan. Dean’s New Dress Book , “Equal To Six Dressed Dolls” London, Dean & Son. Circa 1860-62. Large 8vo. Original printed boards with cloth spine.Lilac endpapers printed with advertisements for Pp 8 with unpaginated blanks. Illustrated with six wood engraved hand-coloured plates, each one of which has been additionally adorned with applied fabric costumes as issued. The first plate still has the original moveable element with a tab ( this looks to us like a toy windmill) with which poor Rose is lured away by a “Gipsy woman” -“ it was a cruel shame”. Externally rubbed and a little stained and frayed with some loss to the yellow cover papers front and back, but with the cloth spine intact and firm. The bottom front corner is tender. Internally the book is in very tidy condition with the plates bright and intact. Some light toning and a couple of minor edge tears only. This would seem to be a later or variant imprint of the 1860 first edition, [possibly 1862] as it bears the line”Equal To Six Dressed Dolls” above the title on the front cover. COPAC lists only two examples of the title in the UK, at the British Library, and at Cambridge University Library, with six further WorldCat entries in the USA. A rare survival in this condition.

£975

Offered by John Underwood Antiquarian Books