William, ed. Peter Parley’s annual:Christmas
and New Year’s present for young people. London:
Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1840 [i.e., 1839]. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). Engr.
t.-p., vi, 378 pp.; 4 plts., illus.
the interior images for enlargements.
First edition of the first volume in a popular annual series of
children’s gift books, taken from the pages of Peter Parley’s
Magazine. The selections, which include a brief summary ofthe history and rules of
chess, are illustrated with a number of in-text steel engravings
and four engraved plates, one of which depicts a ship at sea in stormy weather.
signed binding by C. Lewis: Half green calf over marbled paper–covered
sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and decoratively gilt-stamped
Faxon 108. Binding as above, paper scuffed and joints a touch
rubbed. Front free endpaper with owner’s name; front pastedown and fly-leaf
with pencilled notations. Frontispiece with small chip to outer margin, repaired.
Some instances of offsetting surrounding plates and illustrations, pages otherwise
attractive, engaging little book.
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