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The Last of the Huggermuggers by Cranch; Phillips, Sampson, 1856, 1st.

The Last of the Huggermuggers.

Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856."  A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well produced hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories. We also have a much loved, inexpensive first of the sequel, Kobboltozo.



My First Story Book.1855;[Boston, {Mass.] One cent toy books: No. 4.

My First Story Book.

"All good chil-dren set more by books than by sugar-plums or toys." The first four pages are children's games, including an interesting view of boys playing cricket, at that time a popular sport in the eastern US; then we have a bad boy with a gun setting out to kill birds. Then some bad boys who set a fire in a field: "a poor sheep, how-ev-er came a-long, and seem-ed to en-joy it ver-y much." The one cent toy books continued: My second... etc, and also some individual stories. NOTE: This book has been sold.



Lily of the Valley. Preble. (1854 dated preface-poem)

Lily of the Valley ("Lilly" on boards) or Cousin Lill's Stories for her Pets.

12 stories and poems somehow fit into this pretty little book, small enough to fit in a pocket. Includes a reprint of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "The Tea Rose" (1842), poems by Alice Carey, a story about a little girl and her grandmother by Catherine Sinclair, Lillia's Grieve from Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life.



The Little Brown House by Mrs. Sanford,  E. P. Dutton & Company, 1878/1877, 1st.

The Little Brown House and the Children Who Lived in It.

The father of this little family "had been broken up of employment" and so they moved near to his new job. The details of how they found a little brown house in the country, fixed it up, and became part of the community draw the reader in. Really a very sweet book, by a prolific author for little and middle-aged children. NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



The Governess or the Missing Pencil Case, also The Country Churchyard..

A governess, falsely accused of stealing from her employer, bears the burden of the injustice and finally dies. Not as much about teaching as one would hope, but really lovely engravings in this story. Also a fascinating catalogue of Illustrated Books suitable for Presents and Distribution, most morally improving, also a page on "The Children's Friend" and a page of many illustrated handbills with large reproductions of the illustrations.



Play-Day Book by Fanny Fern/Coffin, illus Mason Brothers 1857/1856.

The Play-Day Book, New Stories for Little Folks.

The topics of these lively, independent stories seem rather adult though they are intended to be read aloud to younger children. "...those for whom it is too old now, can look at the pictures and learn to read, little by little, by spelling out the words in the stories... I meant it to read when you are out of school, and want to be amused." FF's first book, Fern Leaves, was an instant best seller, reprinted many times. It was followed by an adult novel, Ruth Hall. This first edition of her third book may contain stories not included in later reprints. Her work is of interest to feminist scholars. Not didactic.



Dog-Star by Vandegrift.

Under the Dog-Star.

A very self-confident and talkative little dog, some kind of little white long-haired terrier, tells all about the events of his daily life, his household, and his animal friends. Clear, dark engravings of animals and scenery drawn from publisher's collection and varied artists.




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