Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1858. Item #02696
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BOHNY, Nicholas. The New Picture Book. Being Pictorial Lessons on Form, Comparison, and Number, for Children under Seven Years of Age. With Explanations by Nicholas Bohny. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1858.
First edition. Oblong quarto (10 3/8 x 13 1/8 in; 261 x 332 mm). Letterpress title, one page of text as Preface, and thirty-six hand-colored lithographed plates, each with multiple illustrations.
Publisher's quarter red cloth (neatly rebacked) over hand-colored pictorially lithographed boards. Gift inscription to upper margin of titlepage dated February 1858. Some edge wear and light soiling to boards, otherwise an internally clean, bright and fine copy.
A charming and excellent children's tutorial highlighted by over 100 hand-colored illustrations that depict animals, plants, games, activities, farm life, objects found in the home, objects found outside, kinds of work, etc., with captions that pose questions for children to answer including observation and counting exercises. Reprinted in 1860, 1863, 1866, 1867, 1869, 1873, 1880, in German in 1885 and 1960, and Japanese in 1980 and 1982. It was a very popular book, now difficult to find in collectible condition in its first edition.
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