Children in Wood 1844 Cooperstown woodcut illustrated juvenile Zion chap bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Children in the Wood.
Published 1844, Cooperstown, New York by H. & E. Phinney.
31  pages, plus yellow decorative paper wrappers. Text in English. Wood engraved images.
Publisher's pictorial woodcut paper wrappers. Appears to be scarce.
The rear cover is an interesting large wood engraving titled "Oratorio- To Aid in Rebuilding Zion Church". This may well be the African Methodist Zion Church which was in 1844 actively engaged in building a church in New York.
Scarce pre 1850 juvenile American chap book with a potential African American Zion church connection. Brief historical clarification or corrections solicited from readers.
Book is over 150 years old and shows some signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding age worn, typical signs of handling from young hands, but nothing offensive or severe, remains overall attractive as an object.
Paper is gently toned, various typical small spots, stains, etc., still sound and agreeable given the small size, fragile nature, date and intended audience.
Still attractive on the shelf, it displays a pleasing and unique age patina, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail showing how this rare little juvenile item survives. The asking price reflects the condition based on our examination and 35+ years full time exposure to antiquarian books and ephemera of all types. Flaws seen and described have been taken into account.
Book Measures c. 5 1/2" H x 3 3/4" W.