Complete set of sixteen Banbury Chapbooks.

Banbury, England: J. G. Rusher, (c. 1814-40). 48mo. A rare set of sixteen nineteenth-century chapbooks published by J. G. Rusher, bound together in one volume. The contents are: Adventures of a Half-penny, Anecdotes for Good Children, Children in the Wood, Children in the Wood restored, Dick Whittington and his Cat, Dr. Watts' Divine Songs, Dr. Watts' Moral Songs, Galloping Guide to the A.B.C., Good Farmer, History of a Banbury Cake, House that Jack Built, John Gilpin, Poetic Trifles, Riddler's Riddle Book, Short Stories, and Trial of an Ox. Each story is extensively illustrated with a large frontispiece and wood engravings throughout. According to Edwin Pearson's Banbury Chap Books, the "quaint old Oxfordshire town" of Banbury was famed for its production of toy books, children's histories, and other books for juvenile readers. Pearson also notes that Rusher "had some ingenuity and originality of his own, and was not such a plagiarist and imitator as some of his contemporaries." He cleverly adapted many of the classic children's tales and verses to his town, and advertised his own shop and publications in poems on the versos of many of the frontispieces. Bound in red cloth. Corners bumped, spine toned, but the chapbooks themselves remain remarkable. A fine collection of a rare set. Item #30047

Price: $750.00

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