American - Children in the Wood, 1796

American

The Affecting History of Children in the Wood (Ballad), 1796

Ink on paper, 10.5 x 5.7 x 0.3 cm (4 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/8 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

10.b.1.27

Language

English

Publication Place

Hartford

Binding Description

paper with floral and vine green and pink decoration

Description

30, [2] p. : ill.; 11 cm. (32mo)

Provenance

Gerald Ephraim Hart (1849-1936), Montreal: his sale, 1890, lot 588.
Purchased along with six other chapbooks (10.b.1.27-33) by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the auctioneers Charles F. Libbie and Co., Boston, for $14 on 16 April 1890.

Bibliography

Susan Sinclair and Philip B. Eppard. Catalogue of Children’s Books from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Collection and the Personal Libraries of John Lowell and Isabella Stewart Gardner (Boston, 1988), pp. 14-15, no. 7a, ill.


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Commentary

Alternatively titled The Babes in the Wood, this is a morbid tale of orphaned children abandoned in the woods by a wicked uncle who claims their inheritance.
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a voracious reader, and books were the first objects that she collected. Of the 2700 books she acquired for her museum, about 120 can be considered children's books.

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