London: Printed for E. Newbery by J. Cundee, 1799. First edition. The Advertisement states, “The Subject of this Volume is the Escape of a Canary-Bird from his Cage: - the Design – to present to young Readers a little Miscellany of Natural History, Moral Precept, Sentiment and Narrative.”. Engraved frontispiece by Scott and small woodcut tailpieces. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, foot of spine partially worn away about .” Lacks the half-title, light foxing, intermittent slight browning. Margins closely shaved, just barely touching text at times, but not affecting legibility. Slight offsetting from frontispiece. A very good copy. Contemporary quarter burgundy roan over marbled boards, gilt spine. Small twelvemo. xi, [1, blank], 148, [+2, publisher’s note] pp. Item #17347
Edward Augustus Kendall (1775/6-1842 had a varied literary output that may be divided into four categories: political and social reform, “popular” journalism, translations of French works, and children’s books. His most popular works proved to be his books for young readers, which continued to be published fifty years after his death, including Keeper’s Travels in Search of His Master (1799), The Crested Wren (1799), and Burford Cottage and its Robin Red Breast (1835). Kendall was also a member of the Society of Antiquaries.
Roscoe, John Newbery and His Successors, J204. ESTC records eight copies.