A little pretty pocket-book : intended for the instruction of amusement of little Master Tommy, and pretty Miss Polly. With two letters from Jack the Giant-Killer : as also a ball and pincushion : the use of which will infallibly make Tommy a good boy, and Polly a good girl : To which is added, A little song-book, being a new attempt to teach children the use of the English alphabet, by way of diversion.

The first Worcester edition.
Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts : By Isaiah Thomas, and sold wholsesale and retail at his bookstore, MDCCLXXXVII [1787]
122, [2] p. : ill. (woodcuts) ; 11 cm.


Attributed name
Rare books genre
  • A reprint of Newbery's ed., originally published in London in 1744; title first published in USA by Hugh Gaine in 1762 as "A Little Pretty Book" (cf. Hamilton).
  • "Rules for behaviour in children" on p. [94]-122.
  • Includes woodcut and poem about baseball ("base-ball") on p. 43 (the first such mention, according to Hamilton).
  • Bookseller's advertisements on last [2] p.
  • Signatures: [A]-H8(H7-8 blank; incl. front.).
  • Illustrations: Woodcut frontis., captioned "Instruction with Delight," on front pastedown, with 64 small woodcuts at the head of most selections; woodcut and printer's device tailpieces.
Binding note
  • Princeton copy 1: 19th century sheep binding, guilt- and blind-stamped; marbled paste downs and end papers.
  • Princeton copy 1: Within 20th century slip-case.
  • Princeton copy 2: Contemporary brown wrapers.
  • Princeton copy 2: Within pale blue slipcase.
  • Hamilton, S. Amer. book illustrators (1968), 115
  • Welch, D. A. Amer. children's books, 778.2
  • Evans, 20459
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
United States Massachusetts Worcester
Other title(s)
Pretty pocket-book
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