“Have a Ride in My Chair” Children's Outdoor
Youthful recreations. Philadelphia: J. Johnson, n.d. [ca. 1802]. 16mo (9.5 cm, 3.75").  ff.; illus. [SOLD]
First American edition, following the 1801 edition that Darton issued in London. This is an illustrated guide to games to be played out of doors: Battledoor, I Spie, Trap Ball, etc. There are 15 full-page copper-engraved illustrations and an engraved title-page. Both Rosenbach and Shaw & Shoemaker supply a publication date of 1810, but we believe Welch is correct and they are wrong.
Rosenbach, Early American Children's Books, 432; Welch, Bibliography of American Children's Books Printed Prior to 1821, 1468; Shaw & Shoemaker 22130. Publisher’s gold-flecked yellow paper; wrappers slightly dust-soiled, with light wear over edges and spine, front wrapper with title inked in contemporary hand. Last few leaves unopened. Pages age-toned, with corners bumped, otherwise clean and — seemingly — unread.