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  • Étrennes Divertissantes ou Collection d’historiettes agréables; ornée de jolies gravures, qui ont rapport au sujet pour la présente année. by ÉTRENNES DIVERTISSANTES. ÉTRENNES DIVERTISSANTES. ~ Étrennes Divertissantes ou Collection d’historiettes agréables; ornée de jolies gravures, qui ont rapport au sujet pour la présente année. Paris: Maillard de Bresson, [n.d., c. 1750-65].
    Not found in any of the usual online or printed sources, a delightful juvenile almanac, containing ten moral verses each with a vignette, engraved throughout.… (more)

    Not found in any of the usual online or printed sources, a delightful juvenile almanac, containing ten moral verses each with a vignette, engraved throughout. Though the publisher Maillard de Bresson produced several other almanacs, and this one is quite typical of the genre, it seems to have eluded bibliographers, including Grand-Carteret. The Journal historique et littéraire (January 1756) gives a useful account of the publisher’s business: ‘M. Maillard de Bressan continue a vendre des caractéres, des desseins & vignettes, des armes à jour, des papiers peints, des sentences, des devises, & forme avec succès la suite de ses fables morales, & instructives pour la jeunesse de l’un et l’autre sexe. It fait des envois auc Communautés Religieuses & à toutes personnes chargées de l’éducation des enfants, ou à des Marchands qui s’adressant à lui. Il demeure actuellement au Collége de Cambray, pres de la rue Saint Jacques, à Paris’.

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  • Kinderlieder. by DESBORDES, Ludovica Brentano von La Roche, baroness. DESBORDES, Ludovica Brentano von La Roche, baroness. ~ Kinderlieder. Regensburg: G. Joseph Manz, 1853.
    First edition, rare, of this collection of children’s songs. Ludovica Brentano, later baroness Desbordes (1787-1854), affectionately known as Lulu, was grand daughter of Sophie von… (more)

    First edition, rare, of this collection of children’s songs. Ludovica Brentano, later baroness Desbordes (1787-1854), affectionately known as Lulu, was grand daughter of Sophie von La Roche (the first widely known German female novelist) and she became patron of the Grimm brothers; contributing two tales to their Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Worldcat: NYPL and Harvard in US, BL in UK.

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  • Visions in Verse, for the Entertainment and Instruction of younger Minds... by [COTTON, Nathaniel]. [COTTON, Nathaniel]. ~ Visions in Verse, for the Entertainment and Instruction of younger Minds... London: Printed for R. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper, 1751.
    First edition. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years.… (more)

    First edition. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years. Cotton, a physician by training (at Leiden, under Hermann Boerhaave) ran a private lunatic asylum in St. Albans and he is now best remembered for his kindness and care for Cowper during Cowper's first period of insanity.

    The verses are arranged in nine ‘Visions’, comprising: Slander, Pleasure, Health, Content, Happiness, Friendship, Marriage, Life and Death. ‘Marriage’ (’Inscrib’d to Miss *****’), consisting of 12 pages opens:

    ‘Fairest, this Vision is thy Due,
    I form’d th’instructive Plan for You.
    Slight not the Rules of thoughtful Age,
    You Welfare actuates my sacred Theme,
    And tremble, while you read my Dream.

    Those awful Words, “’Till Death do part,”
    May well alarm the youthful Heart:
    No After-thought when once a Wife!
    The Card is play’d, and play’d for Life;
    Yet Thousands venture every Day,
    As some base Passion leads the Way...’

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  • Musikanten [coloured broadside]. by (MUSIC). (MUSIC). ~ Musikanten [coloured broadside]. [Germany c. 1800-1825.]
    An attractive juvenile broadside, illustrating players of 16 different instruments, including guitar, flute harp, keyboard, trumpet, hurdy-gurdy and percussion. (more)

    An attractive juvenile broadside, illustrating players of 16 different instruments, including guitar, flute harp, keyboard, trumpet, hurdy-gurdy and percussion.

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  • Sown in the spring-time. Addresses delivered to the New Church Sunday School, Camden Road, London. by SPEIRS, James, editor and publisher. SPEIRS, James, editor and publisher. ~ Sown in the spring-time. Addresses delivered to the New Church Sunday School, Camden Road, London. London: James Speirs, 1879.
    James Speirs was a prolific evangelical speaker and publisher, whose printed output suggests he was an important figure in the Victorian Sunday School movement. Sown… (more)

    James Speirs was a prolific evangelical speaker and publisher, whose printed output suggests he was an important figure in the Victorian Sunday School movement. Sown in the spring-time collects 12 addresses aimed at a juvenile audience by Speirs and others (R.L. Tafel, Alfred J. Johnson, Samuel Teed and Charles A. Faraday) several on a theme of natural metaphor: “About Hares and Tortoises”; “The Horse and its correspondence”, “The Serpent and its correspondence” and “Trees”. COPAC and Worldcat lists editions of 1876, 1877 and 1879. Worldcat lists 2 copies of this edition (Graduate Theological Union Library and Urbana College) but COPAC lists none in the UK

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