Worcester: Thomas, Isaiah, 1799. 16mo. (72)pp. First American edition. With full-page woodcut frontispiece and numerous small head- and tailpieces. The American edition adds a new Preface, which invites "all the Masters and Misses of the great town of Boston, and of all cities and Coutry towns under the direction of His Excellency John Adams, Esq., to come and smell at my Flower Basket." A compilation of poems, mainly from Pope and Gay, for more advanced young readers. Includes the versified "Story of Incle and Yarico, which tells of a shipwrecked English trader saved from cannibals by a West Indian maiden, whom he ultimately sells into slavery. This work originally appeared around 1779 as part of Johnson's ten-volume Lilliputian Library. The present copy is a remarkable survival, retaining its original binding of Dutch paper boards, which show very minor wear along extremities. A fine copy overall. Item #27446
(Welch 686; Evans 36129).