(Wynne, John Huddlestone.)

A set of 25 [of 26] alphabet cards taken from Wynne's Choice Emblems, Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral, and Divine, for the Improvement and Pastime of Youth 1772.
Author (Wynne, John Huddlestone.)
Title A set of 25 [of 26] alphabet cards taken from Wynne's Choice Emblems, Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral, and Divine, for the Improvement and Pastime of Youth
Published First published by George Riley in 1772, and taken through many editions, notably by the firm of Newbery; the tenth edition being published by John Harris in 1806
Stock Code 12703
Description Each card measures portrait: 10.6 x 6.8 cm. Each has the letter in upper and lower case above a hand-coloured wood engraved emblem, beneath which is a single word that sums up the quality of character depicted in the emblem; below a five line moral, with each word are divided into syllables. Each card has a decorative border. Lacking the card for F. A facsimile supplied from a variant set in the Cotsen collection. There is some minor spotting and browning and soiling; 4 of the cards have creases – 'Z ' being particularly creased and consequently frail; else a very good set contained in a recent folding drop-backed morocco gilt box. The cards were probably issued in a printed wrapper, without which it is impossible to determine the publisher or the date. However, the paper is clearly 18th century, and the publisher is probably the firm of Newbery. The first two editions of Wynne's Choice Emblems (1772 & 1775) were issued solely by the publisher George Riley; the third and fourth editions jointly by Riley and a member of the Newbery family. From the fifth edition onwards, until John Harris took over the firm of Elizabeth Newbery, all editions were issued solely with the Newbery imprint. Alphabet cards of this date are of the greatest rarity. Teaching aids and games, issued by the firm of Newbery, with one or two exceptions in the case of table games, are virtually unheard of. Rare. Previously known only by the set held at The Cotsen Children's Library.
£7500.00