Boston: D. Lothrop & Co, Publishers, Franklin and Hawley Streets, (1877) assumed reprint, maroon cloth with black titles and illustration, linen covered fairly thick boards 3 side sewn signatures of fine linen pages; 6x8.25; n. p. Toploader fabric.
An interesting, uncommon alphabet book and reader in bad condition, the fine coated linen allowing good printings of the nicely chosen house illustrations, and oversized syllabified print in the stories. Many dogs, hounds, a very large dog with his eyes on his mistress's cake, and a little terrier. For Newfoundland dog lovers: "Wasn't it nice that lit-tle Bert had such a friend when he fell in-to the wa-ter? A big, shag-gy friend with long sil-ky ears, a black nose, and a great mouth ... Bru-no sprang right in too, and got him and laid him on the ground, and ran to the house af-ter Bert's folks", probably a true story!
CONDITION: Poor, 1891 gift inscription to a baby, several names and numbers, dirty inky title page, much fraying, solid blacks seem smudged; however, most pages are clean and unmarked; chipped boards. Item #21706