Keeper's Travels in Search of his Master. Edward Augustus Kendall.

Keeper's Travels in Search of his Master

Philadelphia: Johnson & Warner [Lydia R. Bailey, printer,], 1808. Early American edition of this dog story for children, originally published by Elizabeth Newbery in 1798. This edition was one of the first publications of Philadelphia printer Lydia Bailey, who continued working until 1861. Wood-engraved frontispiece of a boy carrying his dog through the snow. Endpapers foxed, occasional light foxing otherwise. A very good copy in cloth slipcase and chemise. Contemporary drab boards, rebacked in newer matching board. Twelvemo. . 87, [3] pp. Item #15328

Lydia Bailey (1779-1869) was one of the first women printers in Philadelphia. At nineteen, she married the printer, Robert Bailey, who died, leaving her with four children, in 1808. She continued the firm, partially helped by Philip Freneau, who gave her a new edition of his poems to print in 1809. She prospered, and for the period between 1830 and 1850, she was designated the City Printer for Philadelphia. When he was old enough, her son Robert William joined her in the firm. When he died in 1861, she retired. When she died at age ninety, the North American spoke of her as “one who enjoyed woman’s rights to the full, though living before a formal exposition of that doctrine, and who as a practical printer had considerable deserved local fame” (quoted in DAB).

Welch 723.4. Shaw/Shoemnaker 15353. Gumuchian 3494. Rosenbach 370.

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