"NO CRIES ARE SURE OF SUCH RENOWN/ AS THOSE OF FAMOUS LONDON TOWN"
(CHILDREN'S LITERATURE) (ANONYMOUS). London Cries, for Children. With Twenty Elegant Wood Cuts. Philadelphia: Johnson & Warner, 1810. 12mo, later stiff paper wrappers. $950.
First American edition, following the London printing of the same year, with woodcut frontispiece, vignette woodcut on the title page, and a half-page woodcut illustration for each of the 18 cries in the text.
Dr. Rosenbach notes, "This edition of the London Cries resembles [the Cries] of Philadelphia and of New York in that each Cry is accompanied by a verse, and a long explanatory passage in prose… And although the book is intended for children, the propaganda introduced into… [it] is at times obviously intended for their parents" (Rosenbach, Children's, 421). Welch, American Children's Books 249.12. Shaw & Shoemaker 19892 & 20586.
Minor expected embrowning to text. One leaf with short tear from lower margin, just touching text. An extremely good copy of this early children's book.