To Her Royal Highness, the Princess Amelia, this book, representing The birth-day gift, or, The joy of a new doll / from papers cut by a Lady, is with permission most humbly dedicated by Her Royal Highness's very much obliged servant, P.W. Tomkins, historical engraver to Her Majesty.

Upton, Elizabeth, Baroness Templetown [Browse]
Uniform title
London : Published as the act directs, Jan. 18, 1796 by Tomkins, 1796.
8 unnumbered leaves : illustrations (engravings) ; 28 x 38 cm


Attributed name
Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • Engraved title page, with title set within oval floral wreath, signed by Tomkins, date and imprint below; seven pictorial leaves all similarly signed.
  • Plate marks measure 17 x 19.5 cm
  • 7 captioned plates tell the story of a birthday gift doll being found by a little girl, played with, and finally put to bed.
  • This edition on white paper; also published on green paper (cf. Osborne, cited below).
  • Cotsen copy: Embossed gilt book label pasted down to inside front wrapper, showing a crown above the initials "EJH" (?).
  • Sometimes attributed to the Princess Elizabeth, Princess's Amelia's older sister (cf. DNB; see also Schiller, J. Chapbook miscellany : juvenile temptations, p. 87-88, for another work illustrated by the Princess Elizabeth).
Binding note
Contemporary stiff brown stiff wrappers with blue sugar paper spine strip.
Indexed in
Cf. Osborne Collection of early children's books, 1566-1910, p. 953
Other title(s)
  • Birth-day gift
  • Birthday gift
  • Joy of a new doll
  • Birth-day gift, or, The Joy of a new doll
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