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(CHILDREN'S BOOKS.) Group of 5 early American chapbooks. Each about 4 inches tall, illustrated with woodcuts, each laid into modern custom boards; most lacking leaves, various conditions as noted. Various places, circa 1786 to 1810
"The Hermit of the Forest, and The Wandering Infants: A Rural Fragment." Text illustrations. -29,  pages. 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, restitched, rear floral wrapper only; lacking frontispiece plate (present in facsimile) and possibly a final leaf, moderate wear. 5th American edition; Bristol B8377; Welch 673.5. This copy previously owned by the bibliographer and collector d'Alte Welch, whose signed pencil note on the inner wrapper states "frontispiece copied from Ruth Adomeit's copy." New York: William Durell, 1793.
"Jacky Dandy's Delight; or, The History of Birds and Beasts." Text illustrations. -29,  pages. 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, disbound, with rear illustrated wrapper only; worn, lacking frontispiece and title page. 11th American edition; Welch 663.11 (edition identified by publisher's ads on last 2 pages). [Hudson, NY: Ashbel Stoddard, 1805].
"The Affecting History of the Children in the Wood." -30 pages. 4 x 2 1/2 inches, stitches removed; lacking illustrated wrappers which were paginated with the text as [1-2} and [31-32]; minor worming to final leaf, moderate wear. 6th American edition; Welch 173.6. Providence, RI: Heaton & Williams, .
["Travels of Robinson Crusoe."] , -28,  pages. 4 x 2 1/2 inches, original illustrated wrappers, worn and laid down on paper; worn, moderate foxing, lacking title page and pages 29-30, frontispiece page 2 and final page 31 both defective and laid down on inside wrappers; early girl's ownership inscription on frontispiece and page 26. Probably the 1st Worcester edition; later Worcester editions differ only in their title pages, but also apparently did not have printed wrappers. Page 24 notes that the bookseller is in Worcester. Evans 19599? (cf 45464); Welch 275.4? (cf 275.11, 30). [Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1786 or 1789].
"Trip's History of Beasts: Being a Trifle for a Good Boy." 31,  pages including wrappers. 4 x 2 1/2 inches, original illustrated wrappers, moderate wear; moderate foxing; early girl's ownership inscription on page . Welch 1345.5; 5th American edition. Albany, NY: E. and E. Hosford, 1810.