Sketches of Little Girls
c1850, with seven charming handcoloured illustrations
Undated c1850. Sixth edition, small hardback with gilt titling to upper board.15 × 12cm, 63pp.
A charming piece of Victorian juvenilia, in which the author describes The Good-Natured Little Girl, the Thoughtless, the Vain, the Orderly, the Slovenly, the Forward, the Snappish, the Perservering, the Modest , and, the Awkward Little Girl. The book is illustrated with seven hand-coloured plates—frontis (perservering), and then six within the book: good-natured; vain; slovenly; forward; modest; and awkward. The illustrations are charming.
This is quite a heavily-worn book. The brown cloth binding is in good condition, with with rubbing to the corners. The hinges are cracked (and possibly repaired with glue, but the open smoothly), previous owner's inscription to ffep, bottom corner loss to frontis but not affecting the illustration, pages age-toned throughout with a few small light pencil marks which could easily be erased. The inner binding is pulled but no pages are loose.
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