Little Jack of all Trades; or, mechanical Arts described, in Prose and Verse, suited to the Capacities of Children. With engraved Representations of the different Trade.

London: Printed for Harvey and Darton … 1823.

8vo., pp. 66, [4, advertisements]; with 45 engraved vignettes on 15 leaves; some foxing to plates, a little soiled and browned throughout, early marbled boards, recent red-brown calf spine, new endpapers; gift inscriptions dated 1824.


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First collected edition, first published in two separate parts 1804 and 1805 and several times reprinted. The engraved vignettes are different from those in the separate printings, and the contents are slightly rearranged.

The Printer opens the work and sets the format for the book: a short first-person verse, a longer prose description, and an engraved vignette. The trades that immediately follow the printer are in the same field – paper maker, bookbinder, engraver – but the 44 professions included range from shoemaker to auctioneer, barber to sculptor. The final vignette shows a beehive, over the inscription ‘Industry a Nation’s Wealth’.

Laurence Darton, The Dartons, G 223 (1).

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