TOM THUMB - The Travels of Tom Thumb over England and Wales...Interspersed with many pleasant adventures...Written by himself. London: Printed for R. Amey and sold by M. Cooper, 1746.
12° (150 x 85mm.). With half-title, folding engraved map, woodcut vignettes. Modern calf binding incorporating 18th-century sheep covers. Provenance: T. Johnson (child's inscription).
FIRST EDITION, dedicated to the 3-year-old son of the Prince of Wales. Mary Cooper was one of the earliest publishers to bring out books purely for the entertainment of children. The title and structure of The Travels of Tom Thumb were devised to made a dry geography appeal to children by introducing a popular figure from the chapbook tradition. Osborne p. 192.