1822 The Moss-House In Which Many of the Works of Nature are Rendered a Source of Amusement to Children
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First Edition, Leather Binding
With an engraved presentation leaf bound before the frontis, 'A Tribute of Regard Presented by Thy Affectionate Friend'. Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. Illustrated with five leaves of plates. Collated, complete. Bound with publisher's advertisements to the rear. Published in 1822 although plates are dated 1823. Title page does not attribute author, however it is known that The Moss-House was penned by Agnes Strickland. The Moss-House was Agnes Strickland's first children's book. Overall she penned twelve juvenile texts. She was better known for her biographical historical works such as Lives of the Queens of England and Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.
In original quarter calf binding with price and title gilt stamped to the spine. Externally, rubbed to the spine, heavier to the head and tail. Rubbing to the boards and extremities. Bookseller's label to front pastedown, G A Poynder. Prior owner's ink inscription to verso of front endpaper, John Charles Keale, From my Dear Mama April 23rd 1828. Internally, binding is tender to the first few pages and generally firmly bound throughout, with some straining in places. Pages are age toned to edges with the odd spot throughout.
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