"A Lady" [DORSET, Catherine Ann Turner 1752-1834]

THE PEACOCK " AT HOME:" A Sequel to the Butterflys Ball.Written by A Lady and illustrated with elegant engravings.

Published: LONDON Printed for J.Harris,succesor to E. Newberry at the original Juvenile Library,the corner of St Pauls Church-yard 1807.


An exceptional copy of the very rare First Edition of this popular children's poem,and a sequel to Wm Roscoe's The Butterflys Ball, which ushered in a new era in childrens books" An era in which the moral tale was no longer dominant and levity, fun for fun's sake, came into its own" [Morgan Library 159] The story gently satirized the social flaws of aristocracy and the upper middle class, as well as teaching children about birds in an enjoyable way. Anonymously published the work is written in cheerful rhyming verses and illustrated by the Irish painter William Mulready. It was generally well received indeed some felt that it was better than the original and there were discussions in The Gentlemen's Magazine. Some applauding the piece, saying it was refreshing to see a sequel that actually surpassed the book that preceded it. Others, made comments on the fact that it was published by a woman and if she was looking for recognition, she should go to a tea party.

Emily Evans "The gift of her Papa 1818"

(Carpenter & Pritchard, 397)DARTON 200

Six full page copper plates

Very Good

printed wrappers


Offered by John Capes