New York: Printed and Sold by Mahlon Day, At the New Juvenile Book-Store, No. 376 Pearl-Street, 1832.. 1832.. Very good. - Miniature chapbook [approximately 4-1/4 inches high by 2- 5/8 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial yellow self-wrappers sewn with tan cord with a vignette in black of a child in bed being fed by its mother on the front wrap & a catalogue of the publisher's geographies on the rear wrap. Each wrap's copy is printed within a decorative frame in black. There is a numeral "8" on the front wrap at top right. The binding is lightly bumped with some very light creasing. There is an owner's faded name across the top of the front wrap. 18 pages, including inside wraps. Illustrated with a frontispiece on the inside front wrap depicting a woman holding a young child on her lap with a decorative border above and below the image. The cover illustration is reproduced on the title page & there are 12 additional woodcuts, including a head-piece and a tail-piece. There is some light foxing throughout. Very good.
Penned in ink on the title page is "Mary A. Syre / 10th Oct 1834".
On the verso of the title page four lines of verse are printed: "George and Susan, do look! see! / I've got a book for you and me, / In Pearl-street purchas'd of M.D. / Who's many more." The additional poem in the rear is titled "Winter Evening's Amusement for Jane and I. By A. M." It is illustrated with a head-piece of a man sowing seeds and a tail-piece of a cock pecking at grapes. Most of the illustrations in "My Mother" are of women with babies or small children.
Rare edition of a beloved poem.