Arabella Argus The Adventures of a Donkey 1st ed 1815 Scarce. There is an engraved frontispiece of a baby donkey with its mother, and underneath is a verse [by Coleridge] “Poor little foal of an oppressed race……” 231 pages, plus a fascinating 16 page list of publisher’s recently issued Improved Books For Children, Disected Puzzles, Maps and Games etc. There is a gift inscription on the title page, and a later owner’s pictorial bookplate on the front pastedown, occasional marks and points of wear else contents very good. 142 x 95 mm [approx 5 ½” x 3 ¾”] original gilt lettered red roan spine, marbled paper over boards; spine ends and corners worn, some rubbing but generally a very good copy. London, Printed By and For William Darton Jun, 58 Holborn Hill, 1815
Black Beauty, the famous book written from the horse’s point of view, must surely have been influenced by this book about the hard life of a donkey called Jemmy, told in its own words….The Adventures of a donkey was one of the first books to highlight the tough life that working animals endured, told in this way. This book also gives a fascinating glimpse of working life and trades in Georgian London.
Author Arabella Argus
Date 1815 1st edition
Binding marbled paper over boards
Publisher William Darton
Condition Generally VG