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[Taylor, John].
Monsieur Tonson. A new version. Illustrated with beautiful copper-plates.
Philadelphia: Morgan & Yeager, [1821–24]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.75"). [12] pp; 12 plts., illus. The online catalogue at the American Antiquarian Society writes of this work: "An adaptation for children of the comic narrative poem Monsieur Tonson, by John Taylor (1757-1832). For his authorship see the Dictionary of national biography." It also notes that "Morgan and Yeager published together from 1815 to 1824" and that the work was "probably issued after 1820." Another observation is that the hand-colored plates "might be by William Charles, who worked with Joseph Yeager" but that the title is "not listed in Harry B. Weiss' William Charles: Early caricaturist, engraver and publisher of children's books (1932)."    The title-page (i.e., the front wrapper) informs that the publication price was "25 cents plain, 37 1/2 coloured." The text and illustrations are mostly printed only on one side of a leaf.    Provenance: 19th-century signature of Richard H. Downing on verso of frontispice; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.    WorldCat locates only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Yale, Free Library of Philadelphia, AAS).         Shoemaker 2310; not in Welch; not in Rosenbach, Children's. Buff printed paper covers; text block recased. Wrappers and text age-soiled and with stains; still, a (now) solid and appealing period piece.
Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M) [US]
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