The Uncle's Present,
A New Battledoor.Philadelphia, Jacob Johnson, sold by Benjamin Warner, [c. 1810-15] Stock Code: 137864
NotesFirst and only edition. "The battledore was an offshoot of the hornbook, and was printed... for the double purpose it had to serve. In school it was used for teaching children the alphabet, whilst out of school it served as the battledore in the game of shuttlecock and battledore" (Rosenbach). This version of Battledore is believed to have been invented about 1746 in London "by Benjamin Collins, famous as the printer of the first edition of The Vicar of Wakefield at Salisbury" (ibid.).
Although well represented institutionally in the US, according to WorldCat, Library Hub lists only one copy in the UK (Oxford).
Small octavo. 4 pp. from a concertina-style folded sheet printed on one side, bound within original printed pictorial wallet-style green card wrappers, with alphabets and numbers to covers, wood-engraved illustrations of sheep to front cover, and horses to rear cover, "Come, Read and Learn" to fore-edge flap, all within typographic decorative borders, title to flap verso.
Engraved sheet showing 24 letters of the alphabet (six to a page, no J or U), each illustrated with street vendors with their particular cries as captions.
A little rubbed, somewhat darkened, small abrasions and green paper residues to flap verso, slight toning to contents. A remarkably well preserved copy.
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