As a book conservator with a strong interest on bookbinding history – especially concerning 19th-century publishers bindings – this book appeals to me on several levels. I love the almost-square shape, often used in children’s books. An advertisement in the back describes many of Appleton’s books for children as “square 16mo.” The square shape makes for a nice large area for a wonderful gold stamp of a shoemaker. He is shown actively working at his trade, arms outstretched, pulling waxed thread as he sews the sole to the upper part of the shoe. The brown patterned cloth on the cover is the kind that was used for a short time during the 1840s and early 1850s and is relatively scarce, making the book even more interesting to look at.
Dear Little FreddieThis book was given to your uncle Freddie fifty two years ago now I give it to you on your tenth Birthday keep it nice and when you look at the Pictures and read the storyes think of the other little Freddie.Aunt Sarah
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