Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(CHILDREN'S BOOKS.) The Exhibition of Tom Thumb; being an Account of Many Valuable and Surprising Curiosities which he has Collected. Text illustrations. 60, [4] pages including wrappers. 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, original illustrated wrappers, minor wear; occasional minor wear and foxing to contents, light finger-soiling. In modern custom tray case. Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1787

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First American edition, followed by a lone 1795 Worcester edition. Describes a visit by Jack Idle, Anthony Greedy-Guts and friends to see eight imaginary curiosities exhibited at "Mr. Lovegood's, No. 3 in Wiseman's Buildings, at the upper end of Education-Road." One is a magical "mahogany conjuring box" which could transform "one of Mr. Thomas's little books" into a "swinging folio, very magnificently gilt and lettered." Evans 20749; Rosenbach 116; Sabin 96131; Welch 1313.1. 5 examples in ESTC; none of either edition traced at auction.