Boston: Printed for Caleb Bingham, 1802. 108pp. 16mo. Contemporary half calf and drab paper boards. Front joint chipped and a bit tender, slight chipping and rubbing to boards, minor edge wear. Old library bookplate on front pastedown. Minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM55733
A later edition of this influential religious juvenile, first published in America in 1700. All editions, including and before this one, are rare in the market. Earlier editions are recorded only by single or very few copies, or simply known to have existed through advertisements in other contemporary works. Juvenile works such as this were often used to pieces, resulting in scarcity, especially in the American trade. This edition of the work was printed for early American educator, publisher, and bookseller Caleb Bingham, most famous for his COLUMBIAN ORATOR. Bingham's publications were notable for portraying non- Anglo characters in a more positive light than traditionally represented in American educational literature. It was, in fact, a copy of the COLUMBIAN ORATOR that inspired young Frederick Douglass to train himself as a public speaker.
A rare early American children's book, Shaw & Shoemaker locate only the copies at the American Antiquarian Society and the New York Public Library, and OCLC adds only Yale and the Free Library of Philadelphia. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 2460. WELCH 665.22. OCLC 20474991.