Sketches of Little Girls: The Good Natured Little Girl, The Thoughtless, The Vain, The Orderly, The Slovenly, The Forward, The Snappish, The Persevering, The Modest, and, The Awkward Little Girl.
Lovechild, Solomon, [pseud.].

London: Dean and Munday [c. 1840]. Third edition with the Dean and Munday imprint (also published with a Dean & Son imprint in various years). All imprints and editions are scarce Illustrated with hand-colored engraved frontispiece and six engravings, each depicting one of the little girls in the various stories. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, spine slightly toned. Minor soiling to cloth. Hinges cracked and a few gatherings also cracked at gutter margin, but holding. 2” closed tear to gutter margin of pp. 62-63. Remnants of red adhesive, probably wax, on front endpaper and front pastedown and rear endpapers. Contemporary ink inscription of Ellen Katherine Sheppard of Oxfordshire (d. circa 1912), likely founder of the charitable Sheppard Trust, and small bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown. Faded bookseller’s rubber stamp on verso of terminal blank. A good copy of a fragile work. Publisher’s brown cloth lettered in gilt and decoratively tooled in blind. Quarto. 63 pp. (Item ID: 16518)


We were unable to find much about Solomon Lovechild, including his or her dates; the name is very likely a pseudonym. Sketches of Little Girls has been attributed to a number of writers, including Ellenor Fenn and Miss Julie Conner, though the former has been disputed. In the introduction, the author writes, “…there was a great talk about a book that has lately made its appearance in the world, called Sketches of Young Ladies, which has become very popular, not only in London, but had found its way into every little town and village in the United Kingdom. But as it was intended principally for the grown-up young ladies, they kept it quite to themselves, so that the little misses could only get a peep now and then…Therefore, I thought it would be but fair that the little girls should have a book of their own…and I…determined to do them justice, by dedicating a work to the ‘Little Ladies of Great Britain and Ireland:’ taking my sketches from those who resided in my favourite village…and I think it will be found that most little girls resemble one or the other of those I am about to describe” (pp. 7-8).

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