The Picture Alphabet. KANGAROO, BISHOP, CO.
The Picture Alphabet.
The Picture Alphabet.

The Picture Alphabet.

Houndsditch: Bishop & Co., circa 1840.

Duodecimo, 12 pp. in total, woodcut illustrations throughout; original green printed wrappers, folded (not sewn) as issued.

Alphabet oddities

A delightful woodcut alphabet. Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable of stretching their young audience. Significantly, it includes a K for Kangaroo, revealing how wide-spread and how quickly the appetite for exotic natural history from Australia and the South Pacific had grown. There are also more unusual inclusions such as I for Ibex, and even M for Mermaid. Sadly, inspiration only went so far; here, X is for the Letter X.

A delightful woodcut alphabet. Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable of stretching their young audience. Significantly, it includes a K for Kangaroo, revealing how wide-spread and how quickly the appetite for exotic natural history from Australia and the South Pacific had grown. There are also more unusual inclusions such as I for Ibex, and even M for Mermaid. Sadly, inspiration only went so far; here, X is for the Letter X.
The work also includes a child's ditty: "When school is done, g[o] home loiter not on the wa[y] / Come to school clean and play not by the way."

Price (AUD): $700.00  other currencies     Ref: #3706051

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