THE TRUE HISTORY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO CHEATED HIMSELF: Founded on Fact By a Young Naval Officer.
London: Tabart and Co, 1809. Title; 12 pages of verse; and 12 full-page engravings. Lacks original wrappers, but is nicely bound in quarter red roan gilt over marbled paper-covered boards with vellum tips. First edition. Three leaves have been cropped with the loss, or slight loss, of the initial letters of text, though the sense is easily made out. Else, a very good, clean copy. See Moon 179. The story concerns a boy who steals a cake from a sleeping man, and later finds out that it was intended as a present for himself. When he tries to retrieve the cake, he finds that it has been eaten by a ploughboy.