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incipit: ABC. . .].[The Netherlands or England?, ca. 1790?]. With oak backing (1.5×16×9 cm including the handle, face alone 11×9 cm), an italic capital alphabet (omitting J but with W and both U and V), italic lowercase vowels and a stylized flower, all printed from a woodblock(?) on laid paper (9×7 cm), mounted under a horn plate fastened by lead-strips with iron nails.
- Cf. Christie's London, 6 June 2000, lot 23, from the collection of William Foyle, lower left in illustration (horn-book with very similar alphabet leaf); no similar example in Tuer. A late 18th-century horn-book, probably made in the Netherlands or England, in the late 18th century. The only similar example we know was in the collection of William Foyle (1885-1963), described (incorrectly?) as having a manuscript alphabet leaf, and with no date proposed. It was not printed from the same block as the present example, but the lay-out and style of the lettering is nearly identical.The brown colouring of the letters and the yellow colouring of the paper is caused by the old varnish protecting the horn-plate. Original horn-books are extremely rare and much sought after, as no respectable collection of children's books can do without one. In very good condition, with a small hole drilled in the left side of the wooden backing and a few minor stains on the horn and paper. An 18th-century horn-book, remarkably well preserved.
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