Item #3881 [CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts. Anonymous.
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts
One copy in ESTC (National Library of Scotland, defective)

[CHILDREN'S BOOK - GLASGOW 1786]. The sugar-plumb; or sweet amusement for leisure hours: being an entertaining and instructive collection of stories. Embellished with curious cuts

Glasgow: J. & M. Robertson and J. Duncan, 1786. 24mo. 120 pp. consisting of a frontispiece (1 f., here pasted inside the front cover); title-page (1 f., verso blank); the text and pagination begins on p. 5 ("To all good little masters and misses..."). Lacking pp. 25-26, but with all 12 charming woodcuts, including the frontispiece. Text browned, some pages loose or loosening, letterpress on title-page and final leaf abraded affecting legibility, shaken. Contemporary paste-paper board covered in a blue wrapper for "Plattilles Royales" (see below), quite worn. In fair condition, and priced accordingly. Fair. Item #3881

The edition appears to be the only one printed in Scotland, and only one library is recorded as having a copy of it (NLS, defective). Ours is one of only two copies to have appeared on the market in the last century (the other being seriously defective).

Among the stories are "King Lear and his three daughters," "The American Merchant," "Damon and Dorcas," "The Old Mouse, at the point of death, "The History of Major Tommy and Master Harry," "The History of Mr. Ashfield," and others. Our copy is particularly interesting:

Covering the paste-paper binding is a contemporary engraved wrapper, printed in silver (now oxidized) for "Plattilles Royales" linen, a late 18th-century muslin cloth of Silesian manufacture. The present wrapper features a large royal crown above a trader bearing a caduceus (which is associated with trade, as well as medicine etc.) and a two-masted ship. This label is actually described in an 1807 Philadelphia trade manual: "On the slip near the end of a piece [of linen] is a silver paper, with the inscription Plattiles Reales, together with the number describing the quality. This linen is properly destined for the Spanish American and West Indian markets" (J.J. Oddy, European Commerce: Shewing New and Secure Channels of Trade with the Continent of Europe, vol. 2, p. 133). On our engraved label appears the grade "No. 17," surely not the highest quality!

There was a seriously defective copy of this edition offered at PBA Galleries ten years ago (5 January 2012, lot 271) which lacked the frontispiece, 14 pages of text (including 2 woodcuts), the front board and the spine (rear board present but detached). A copy of a later edition of "The Sugar Plum" (London: Printed for the Booksellers in Town and Country, ca. 1790) was sold at Forum in 2019 (GBP 3,250); the frontispiece was described having been "pasted to inside of upper cover as issued" -- as here. Whereas our copy has been much used over the last 236 years, and lacks one text leaf, it has all 12 woodcuts including the frontispiece, and its intriguing contemporary binding.

This edition is ESTC T209843 (National Library of Scotland only, lacking "pp. 96-96" [sic]) and is otherwise unrecorded.

Price: $2,200.00