Mary and Her Cat, In Words not exceeding Two Syllables. London: Printed for B. Tabart & Co., 1804. [Bound with:] [BALLANTINE, E.] Julia and the Pet-Lamb.
[ Fenwick, Eliza ].

London: Printed by Darton, Harvey & Co., [n.d., ca. 1813-1819.] First edition of the rare hand-colored issue of Mary and Her Cat, with the colophon “Printed by C. Squire.” The 1808 reprint does not have a colophon. The Dartons also published eleven reprints of Mary and Her Cat between 1814 and 1850. Julia an Mary and Her Cat is complete, with hand-colored frontispiece and 11 hand-colored half-page illustrations. Julia and the Pet-Lamb with one copper-engraved plate, but lacking frontispiece, title-page, and one plate Some toning and foxing throughout, as usual. Piece missing at the gutter of the first leaf of Julia and the Pet-Lamb, partially affecting one word. A good, tight copy. Contemporary black roan, somewhat rubbed. Twelvemo. 36 pp., [1], pp. 4-72. (Item ID: 16735)


Eliza Jaco Fenwick (1765? – 1840) was a translator, novelist, and print colorist whose works included the epistolary novel Secresy (1795) and The Class Book: or, Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Reading Lessons (1806), published under the name “Rev. David Blair.” During her lifetime, Fenwick lived in England, Canada, the United States, and Barbados, where she ran a school with her daughter.

OCLC lists eight copies of Mary and Her Cat with a date of 1804: one in Canada, one in England, and six in the United States. Of the copies in the United States, only one is located west of the Mississippi (at UCLA). It is unclear how many of these copies are truly the first printing and how many are the reprint. Julia and the Pet-Lamb is also uncommon, with only nine total copies across all printings listed on OCLC: four in England; one in Canada; and four in the United States (two in Florida, one in New Jersey, and one in New York). Darton H589, G62.

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