RARE 1868 1st Ed "What Makes Me Grow" 1st Printing - Amy Dudley / Family Life / Antiquarian

CHARMING true stories in this RARE antique gem. Gorgeous beveled collector's book cover, embossed brown w/ brilliant gilt title cartouche.

Scarce 1868 antiquarian first edition, first printing children's hardcover book - What Makes Me Grow or Walk and Talks with Amy Dudley.

Amy Dudley, six years old, her life as a child with mother and family. Each chapter features author as child, discovering and learning about the world. Hence the sub title: Walks and Talks with Amy Dudley.

Amy's question to her mother: "Mama, What makes people grow at all? "Ah, Amy," replied mother; that is a good question to ask, and I am glad you thought of it. But try first whether you can find out yourself."

Thus the journey begins and the wonderful walks and talks continue. How she and trees and sheep can all grow is another story.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Son, 661 Broadway, New York, Copyright, 1868 first edition, probable first printing.

EXQUISITE illustrations by Lorenz Frolich. Two full page black and white plates include frontispiece of Amy being weighed on market scales and title page drawing shows Amy investigating her cereal.

Front and back of each chapter has elaborately detailed black & white decorative scroll. Photos do not fully capture elaborate cover and illustration detail; wait until you see up close!!


Amy's Questions, How Bread Is Made, Our Teeth,

A Chat With Mama, Amy's Disappointment, A Walk With Papa,

An Adventure With A Snake and a Visit To The Farm.

Author's other titles: Harry Lawton's Adventures, A Day at Norbury Lodge, Distant Cousins and How do I Know?

Six additional pages of wonderful advertising for other books at the back. We love the beautiful ffep inscription with flourished handwriting.

Hardcover, beveled dark brown finely stamped embossed boards, gilt title cartouche front & spine gilt. Entire back cover embossed designs-not gilt.

Gilt brilliant. Original frontispiece tissue, dark green endpapers, 169pp, 5" x 7". Binding tight. NOT ex-lib. Excellent condition for age.

Pages excellent/bright/clean-minimal wear-lightly toned-very light buckling some pp/2 pp-some spotting/tissue light wear-2 light small spots.

Cover excellent/very good-light shelfwear-top/bottom spine-light fraying-fading/corner bumping-2 small rubbed spots-light edgewear-spine faded edge line.

Incredible condition for age. Do not pass up this hard-to-find non-fiction literary gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!

Priced to SELL; retail value over $85.00!!

Item ID: BK1777

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