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An Illustration of Osbourne's Pictorial Alphabet - Osbourne, C. (Charles). H. Wa - 1835. 
London: C. Osbourne, and Messrs. Ackerman [sic] & Co., 1835. First edition. Slipcase . Very Good. 28 cards, with a title and presentation card, followed by a card representing each letter of the alphabet. In addition, there is a small eight page key, or explanatory booklet. The letters are cleverly formed incorporating classical imagery. Thus the "A" emerges from the image of an angel holding onto a long bow, "B" with two Roman centurions, one of them holding a javelin, the other taking aim with an arrow. "D" by two graces, and on and on. Generally the letter intended might be missed by someone not knowing to look for it, but if aware that there is a letter being shaped, which letter is instantly obvious. The square-ish cards each measure 7.5 by 7 cm.Moderate soiling to the cards, all of which remain appealing. Th booklet's first leaf is detached. The original slipcase, with marbled papers, remains structurally sound.
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