Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1856, 1st (entered 1855); stereotyped and printed by H. O. Houghton & Co. Riverside, Cambridge; red blindstamped boards with full design and title in large print; gilt title on spine, yellow endpapers, with frontis and 5 b/w plates all with tissue guard, 7.5"x9.75";. Juvenile hardback.
Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856." A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well designed hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories.
CONDITION: Very Good; pages bright with light intermittent reading wrinkles and a little margin foxing/soil, plates and tissue nice; binding straight, tight with rubbing to extremities especially spine crown to 1/8" Item #19523