THE INFANT’S LIBRARY. Book 8.
London: Printed and sold by John Marshall. No. 4 Aldermary Church Yard, No date [circa 1800]. 32 pages. Illustrated with 13 full-page engravings of birds. Original paper-covered boards with shaped title labels to both boards. 61 x 48 mm. Spine expertly restored; small bookplate; some light staining to boards; else a very good, clean, crisp copy. A pencil note on the endpaper declares that this is the copy shown on page 19 of Ruari McLean’s Victorian Publishers’ Book Bindings in Paper. The Infant’s Library, first published in 1800, consisted of a wooden box with a sliding front, designed to resemble a bookcase with glazed doors. The inside, lined with pink paper, was divided into four; each compartment containing four miniature books, making a total of sixteen. See Brian Alderson, The Private Library Third Series Volume 6: I. Spring 1983.