New York: Printed and Sold by Mahlon Day, 1833. An early edition of this title. OCLC gives the earliest date as 1822; it also lists editions dated 1828, 1829, 1830,1832, 1835, and 1836. Each edition cited, including the present one, is noted in two copies or less. Illustrated with twenty-seven cuts of various animals (an ape, a lion, a porcupine, etc.); vignette title-page. Wrappers lightly soiled, very minor foxing. Overall, a near fine copy of a rare, fragile work. Printed paper wrappers with engraved border and vignette on front cover. Twelvemo. 17 pp. Item #16580
We were unable to find any information about the author, including his or her real name or dates, in the resources available to us. The Young Child’s Natural History of Beasts opens with a brief paragraph that serves as homage to the “Creator” (“If the care of the Creator extends to animals, what will he not do for us?” – p. 3), which is then followed by a listing of various animals in alphabetical order, each listing with an illustration that is accompanied by a few short sentences. The work actually begins with “Zebu,” followed by “Ape,” “Bear, “Cat,” “Dog,” etc.