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Book Description

Uncommon first edition of this Picture Story Book for the young by Mary Howitt, attractively printed by Dean & Son and with charming hand coloured plates throughout. The work is broken in to two parts, the first centring around the adventures of Jack and Harry, and their various escapades, mostly involving animals, and also Celestine, a young girl sent to the country by her rich family to recover her health. The second half of the work is set out in five letters written from Celestine’s cousin, Arthur, to his sister Mary, describing his time spent in the country staying with his cousin and her new playfellows, George and Adele, the latter being two orphan’s ‘of a brother-officer’ who had returned from India with Celestine’s father. Mary Howitt (1799-1888), author, translator, poet (author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly), woman of letters and friend of the Brownings, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brownings. She was the first translator of Andersen’s Fairy Tales, the work by which she is chiefly known to the English speaking world. She met and married another Quaker, William Howitt (1792-1879), settling in Nottingham and, from 1843, in London. Together they embarked on a long collaboration in writing (over 180 books) and social activism, and published numerous volumes of poetry. The family moved away from the Quakers to join the Unitarians, and eventually the Spiritualists - and late in life Mary converted to Roman Catholicism. Throughout their lives she and William were advocates of social reform: the Anti-Corn Law League, anti-enclosure movements, the Married Women’s Property Committee, women’s emancipation, and the extension of the franchise.
Dealer Notes
OCLC records one copy, in the UK at the University of Liverpool.
Author HOWITT, Mary.
Date [n.d., c. 1855].
Binding in the original olive blindstamped publisher’s cloth, upper board with gilt vignette and spine lettered in gilt, spine expertly repaired, some rubbing to extremities, new endpapers, but still a very appealing copy.
Publisher London: Dean and Son, 11, Ludgate Hill.
Condition FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [68]; Illustrated with coloured frontispiece and fourteen other coloured plates by E. Morin; apart from a few minor marks in places, a clear copy throughout;

Price: £385.00

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