The ABC in Verse, for Young Learners.

New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, [ca. 1855]. First edition? OCLC records only one other imprint for this title (New York: J.S. Redfield, circa 1855-1860?). The front wrapper notes that this title is No. 1 of the “Second Series,” a run of chapbooks. Twenty-six woodcut initials, thirteen woodcut illustrations, and title-page vignette. Rear wrapper printed with ads. Light foxing, previous owner’s name penciled on front wrapper and on p. 13. A fine copy of a fragile work. Original light pink wrappers Sixteenmo (3 5/8” x 16 pp. (Item ID: 16594)


We were unable to learn anything about the author of The ABC in Verse from the resources available to us. The present work contains the alphabet, both in upper and lower case, and a series of rhyming verses to accompany each woodcut letter (for example, “A was Aunt Agatha, / a benevolent nun; B was a butler, / Who was fond of his fun”).

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