Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Company, . First edition, a work for children that contains chapters on a variety of subjects, many are scientific: the boiling springs of Iceland, the properties of magnets, life among the icebergs, the wonders of Egypt, the North Pole, et. Engraved half-title and seven engraved plates, including frontispiece, with tissue guards. Light offsetting from engravings, the occasional minor smudge. Contemporary ink inscription on recto of front flyleaf. A fine, bright copy. Publisher’s red cloth stamped and lettered in blind with central gilt design, gilt spine, all edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Small octavo. Item #16620
Francis Channing Woodworth (1812-1859) was a Connecticut-born printer, vicar, writer, and the nephew of Samuel Woodsworth. He resigned from the church due to health issues. Afterward, he became a writer of children’s literature, sometimes using the pseudonym Theodore Tinker. Woodworth served as the editor of a magazine entitled Youth’s Cabinet, which his brother published. His works for young readers include The Peddler’s Boy (1851) and Jack Mason: The Old Sailor (1855).