The imperial alphabet : embellished with coloured engravings.

London : Printed and sold by E. Marshall, Three-Kings Court, 149 Fleet Street, from Aldermary Church-Yard, [not before 1831]
22, [2] p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm.


Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • Printed page of alphabet letters, followed by 4-line alphabet rhymes for each letter with illustrative examples pictured on facing leaves, and a final two-page version of of "One, two; buckle my shoe..." (here entitled "Numerical Pastime").
  • First rhyme: "A / Was an Apple, Pray, have / you not seen / One striped with red / and with green?"
  • Illustrations: Hand-colored engraved frontis, uncolored t.p. ill. (of a bird), 6 colored medallion vignettes on each leaf facing the vocabulary rhymes, and full-page hand-colored engraving on final leaf.
  • Cotsen copy: "My darling child, John Archimbald's way of explaining all the pictures, Pitty Tee Baw ! Too Baw ! Prety Two Boys, Two Boys, Worthing 17th Oct. 1831, Gake doodle doo, Great doodle do - i.e. bird"--Inscribed across frontis. and t.p.
  • Cotsen copy: Inscribed notes about child's pronunciation of vocabulary words added throughout the text in the same hand.
  • Cotsen copy: 27 July, 1832, Cass Meegay (?), Scotch music, He heard some blind Scotch fiddlers that made a great impression on him"--Inscribed on front free endpaper.
  • Cotsen copy: White Cotsen bookplate, dated 4/83, tipped in onto front pastedown.
Binding note
Pub. bright yellow, red-speckled wrappers, with hand-colored onlay in the shape of an urn in red, yellow, blue, and olive, with cover title set within.
Other title(s)
  • Golden alphabet
  • Numerical pastime
  • One, two, buckle my shoe
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