Shepherd Boy 1841 Northampton MA illustrated children's chap book 12 wood cutsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Shepherd Boy.
Published 1841, Northampton, Massachusetts by A.E. Merrifield.
18 pages. Text in English. Total of 12 wood engraved images, several full page, a couple with early owner amateur hand color applied.
Publisher's pictorial paper wrappers, spine neatly hand sewn using thread (done by an early owner). Cover sewn on upside down (!).
Scarce pre 1850 juvenile American chap book. An early owner has carefully used thread to stitch the spine in a manner frequently seen on small chap books of this vintage. This early hand repair adds a particular charm to the item.
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 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. 4" H x 2 1/2" W.