Piccadilly: John Stockdale, 1797. 24mo. 99, (iv)pp. A "new edition," with twenty-three woodcuts. Illustrated throughout with a frontispiece and woodcuts showing scenes from Little Jack’s life by John Bewick, the younger brother of the famed wood engraver and illustrator Thomas Bewick. John Bewick was apprenticed to his brother for five years and then moved to London to work on his own. He completed more than 60 works in the span of his short career (1777 to 1795). This book is a separate edition of a tale that was originally published, without illustrations, as part of The Children’s Miscellany by Thomas Day. The publisher’s introduction explains that this small, reasonably-priced version, first published in 1788 with twenty-two woodcuts, was intended for children who might not be able to afford more expensive books, and was meant “to diffuse, as extensively as possible, the entertainment and instruction to be derived from well-written works of this kind.” Covers slightly rubbed, some wear to extremities, else fine in original Dutch paste-paper boards. Gift note inside front cover. Item #22670
(See Tattersfield, JB30).