London: John Harris, 1824. Fourth edition (based on the date on the title-page), though there is no edition specified anywhere in the present item. OCLC lists previous editions with publication dates of 1819, 1820, and 1822. Note that the list of titles pasted down on the inside of the wrappers is likely from an earlier edition of the item: OCLC specifies that the 1824 edition has 58 titles in its “Harris’s Cabinet” list, but the list included here has only 52. With 12 hand-colored half-page woodcut illustrations and 2 additional in-text illustrations. With a list of 52 “Harris’s Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction” titles pasted down on inside of wrappers. Some creasing and soiling to wrappers. Some toning to edges and a bit of light foxing, but the pages and illustrations are very clean and bright overall. Ink signature dated 1826 on inside of wrappers. A very good copy of a scarce, fragile item. Expertly restored in the original printed tan stiff paper wrappers. Twelvemo. 36 pp. Item #16814
Many entries on OCLC credit The Infant’s Friend, as well as the other John Harris tracts Cato (ca. 1816) and Little Rhymes for Little Folks (ca. 1823), to English cookbook writer and dressmaker Hannah Glasse (1708–1770). Glasse’s first publication was the extremely popular cookbook The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy (1747), which was one of the bestselling cookbooks in English in the mid-eighteenth century. However, the Oxford DNB does not make any mention of Glasse publishing books for children, and we do not have enough information to confidently state that Glasse was the author of The Infant’s Friend. If the John Harris editions of these tracts were indeed written by Glasse, they were published some fifty years after her death, which is certainly uncommon and implies some unusual circumstances.
OCLC lists only 9 copies total of all editions of The Infant’s Friend. There are only 2 copies of this edition (one at Princeton and one at the University of Washington) listed on OCLC.