The child's New-Years-gift, or, A collection of chaste & significant riddles, upon the most familiar subjects : recommended to all kind mothers as an instructive & entertaining companion for their children.

London : Printed for & sold by I. Hodges at the Looking-Glass on London-Bridge, [not after 1750]
64 pages : illustrations (engravings) ; 88 mm


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • Full imprint from ESTC's transcription of Hodges' imprint used on other titles; Princeton copy trimmed at bottom of page after the words "at the..."
  • Thirty riddles, including abridgments of some by Swift, on subjects such as the letter M, louse, needle, oyster, backside, stays, fart, wind, a shadow, and a paper kite.
  • Pages 5-64 in red on recto and black on verso; one side of the sheet printed in black, the other side in red.
  • Illustrations: Engraved frontispiece, depicting fashionable children playing a riddle game, with black and red full and half-page engravings throughout.
  • Princeton copy 1: Inscribed (upside down) on front free endpaper (frontispiece recto): "Ann Sayer, her book, given her by Docr. Sam Shepherd, 12 March, 1750"; above that is a struck-out inscription at head of the page: "Given to Mary Sayer by Doctor Samuel Shepherd, 12 March, 1750."
  • Princeton copy 1: Inscribed on blank page [4]: "Mary Sayer, her book, Aug 30, 1768," and below that, "Buy thou the truth, and sell it not."
Binding note
  • Contemporary white floral-embossed boards.
  • Princeton copy 1: Rebacked.
Other title(s)
  • Collection of chaste & significant riddles
  • Chaste and significant riddles
  • New Years gift
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