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Published Philadelphia. Published by J. Johnson, No. 147. Market=Street. No date [circa 1802].
Stock Code 11468
Description [32] pages. Illustrated with a wood-engraved vignette on title, and 15 full-page wood-engravings depicting such healthy pursuits as, football, kite flying, skipping, trap ball, etc. Original yellow wrappers speckled with gilt. 9.6 x 6.2 cm. Contained in a red morocco and cloth chemise with the bookplate of the book collectors Donald & Mary Hyde. A fine copy. This is an unauthorized pirate edition of the title issued by Darton & Harvey in London in 1801 [G1072]; it formed part of 'The Infant's Own Book-case,' a boxed library for children. Rare. Despite its diminutive size, this book is packed with sound advice respecting exercise: 'To prevent bodily weakness and infirmity, exercise is necessary; and one physician has said, that he did not know which was most necessary to the human frame, food or motion.' 'To play with battledore and shuttlecock or with trap and ball, is good exercise; and if we had it in our power to grant, not only the children of the affluent, but even such of the poor as are impelled by necessity to pick cotton, card wool, to sit and spin or reel all day, should have at least one hour, morning and evening, for some youthful recreation.'