The child's new play-thing : intended to make the learning to read, a diversion instead of a task : designed for the use of schools, or for children before they go to school.

London : Printed for T. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-noster Row, 1742.
2 unnumbered pages, 1 page, 8 unnumbered pages, 2-106 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations (engraving) ; 16 cm


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Summary note
Contents include 8 pages of alphabet letters to be cut into cards, bound between pages 1 (A1) and 2 (A2), alphabet letters and short syllables, alphabet rhymes, short Bible stories, moral instruction, and fables as "lessons," short tales about St. George, Guy of Warwick, Fortunatus, and Reynard the Fox, and a selection of versified songs, including a version of The Frog Would A-wooing Go.
  • Dedicated to Prince George, the future George III.
  • Illustrations: Engraved frontisiece by Mosley depicting "His Highness Prince George" as a young boy in a dress, woodcut vignettes at the head of reading selections, and woodcut tailpieces.
  • Princeton copy 1 : Inscribed (vertically) on front pastedown, "I.W., I.W., 1748, John Wynne" and "I.W., John Wynne, his book, 1748" on front free endpaper, and also "john wynne, his book" and "John Wynne, book his" on rear free endpaper, with other inked lettering in the same hand on front free endpaper and rear pastedown; also inscribed (both vertically and upside down) on page 106, "John Wynne, his book," and on rear free endpaper (upside down), "John Wynne, his book, / God give him grace therein to look, 1747, March the 2."
  • Princeton copy 1 : Inscribed on frontispiece recto, "william mason" [sic] with comical drawings of human figures and faces on the same page, title page, title page verso, rear free endpaper recto, and rear pastedown.
  • Princeton copy 1: Small bookplate of "John Lawson" on inside front cover.
Binding note
Contemporary dark brown sheep, covers with blind-ruled borders and blind-tooled scalloped border along spine edges.
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