Title: Dove, The. >>CHARMING CHAPBOOK<<
Publisher: Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row, 164 Piccadilly. London.
Publication Date: 1870
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Circa 1830. 8 printed pages. Wood engraved vignette on first page. From around the late 1790s, publishers like the R.T.S & the Cheap Repository of Moral and Religious Tracts issued its first chapbooks (so called because of the Chap or cheap men or peddlers who distributed them). Actively engaged evangelicals and gentry distributed them to the rural poor, booksellers, and hawkers and among Sunday schools and charity children. Rounded corners. Contemporary inscription on front cover, "Dear little Esther". 60 x 90mm. Salmon pink printed wrappers with charming woodcut engraved front cover/title page with the title and publisher within a bucolic scene with an older girl reading to a younger boy, both seated, with a cottage and garden gate in the distance. On the back cover with printed border and floral cornerpieces, the 18 line poem "There was a lonely ark That sail'd o'er waters dark" by the American author Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) that first was published in her Poetry for Children (1836). Cover slightly dulled, with a few tiny holes near the upper hinge. No OCLC number. WorldCat locates 0 copies worldwide. Unrecorded. Seller Inventory # 5408