Small Pox Vaccination White Mts. NH 1842 rare Boston Youth's Medallion JuvenileBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Periodicals, Juvenile Magazines, Illustrated Magazines, Leather Books, Americana).
Published 1842, Boston by Sleeper & Roger.
144 pages. Text in English. Illustrated throughout with a scattering of small wood engravings.
* Rare early White Mts. of NH image and reference. There is a woodcut of the famous "Old Man of the Mountain" stone sculpture with an article below it on p. 85. Issue #13 contains a long historical overview of the history of vaccination against small pox in Boston.
Contains Vol. II, No. 1-18, lacking only issue #12- a complete unbroken work otherwise which due to publisher error appears at first glance to be lacking an issue. But the pagination is unbroken 1-144 (aside from the obvious missing issue #12), so the publisher skipped 2 numbers in the publication run. Work is as bound, issue #12 was apparently never bound in this run.
Period mid-19th century 1/2 leather binding, smooth spine, gilt bands, hand marbled paper covers.
This hand bound book is 180 years old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Binding gently age worn but still appealing, leather rubbed but still supple, joints well scuffed, remains overall attractive as an object. Interestingly, all the issues display old fold lines impossible to create within the book, indicating all were all previously loose individual issues prior to the period binding.
Text block paper is gently toned, assortment of small scattered stains, short edge tears, age spots and old marginal damp stains as virtually inevitable in this type of book bound from early loose issue periodicals. Internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this rare early American juvenile publishing book survives. Interesting as well for the content, including history of small pox vaccination in Boston.
Book Measures c. 13" H x 10" W.
A quick browse through this periodical reveals (usually short) articles on "Indian conjurors", puzzles, Indians of North America, morals, self-conduct and management, schools, famous New England author's writings, dogs, beads, telescopes, animals, honey, Arctic, beards, on and on. Interesting to note the almost complete lack of advertising at this early date in American juvenile magazine publishing.
Mott, History of American Magazines 1741-1850, not mentioned (!). Rare.