Improved moveable alphabet.

[London?] : col. ill. ; [ca. 1830?]
1 leaf with 1 circular alphabet wheel : col. ill. ; 16 x 20 cm.


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  • Title printed at head of leaf in italic and outline san-serif fonts.
  • Approximate date based on printing, illus., and style of clothing depicted in vignette.
  • Victorian children's moveable alphabet, with a turning volvelle alphabet wheel (12 cm.), imprinted with capital letters and mounted underneath a single leaf, which has a small cut-out window through which one letter at a time is visible as the wheel is turned; some letters are printed together (i.e. "NO," "PQ," "RS," "UV," "YZ").
  • Illustrations: Leaf has wood-engraved family parlor scene on recto, set within ruled border, hand-colored in blue, green, yellow, red, and rose.
  • There is no indication, for either the Cotsen or Australia National Library copies (which seem virtually identical), that the leaf was ever attached to a book or other such item, although that is a possibility.
  • Cotsen copy: Alphabet wheel detached from leaf, although the mounting grommet is still attached to the leaf.
  • Cotsen copy: Small pin-holes at center top of leaf, suggest that the alphabet wheel may once have been tacked to a wall.
  • Cotsen item originally placed in with Dean & Co., pamphlet items.
Other title(s)
Alphabet wheel
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