Taunton: J. Poole, 1809. Seventeen engravings, many hand-colored, guide the young reader through Alphabet Hall and its lettered and numbered inhabitants. Then follows nine stanzas-worth of virtuous maxims, then, strangely and in distinctly smaller type, "On Aerial Castle-Building," which admonishes the reader against daydreaming and unproductive scheming. Gift inscription on title page and the coy insertion of the name of the female owner's brother on page 11, which depicts the fate befalling the naughty boy, indicate contemporary amusement.
64mo. 31pp. Bound in blue paper wrappers with strip of manuscript recycled for spine. Exterior generally soiled, some chipping to corners. Overall, a very good copy of a rare title, known only in two earlier copies. No copies of this 1809 edition in OCLC. Item #31435