The Horse's Levee


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[CHAPBOOK]. The Horse’s Levee, Or the Court of Pegasus. Intended as a Companion to The Butterfly’s Ball and The Peacock at Home. Illustrated with Elegant Engravings. London: J. Harris, 1808. 16mo, [vi] 16pp. Rebound in leather decoratively stamped in gilt. Marbeled endpapers; 8 hand-colored engravings. Spine ends and corners a tad rubbed, some light internal foxing and soiling, offsetting from engravings evident on opposing sheets, else a handsome copy. Scarce.

First edition, rebound in leather. An early 19th century rhyming poem about the constellations brilliantly captured in intricate, hand-colored engravings. Written anonymously and intended as a companion to the 1802 poem “The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast” by William Roscoe, this early Victorian illustrated children’s book is a wonderful example of early chapbooks for children. These chapbooks, created to be inexpensive entertainment for children and not designed to last, were mostly issued with the engravings uncolored, the hand-colored editions being far more scarce. This volume’s exquisite hand-colored engravings make it one of our very favorite chapbooks!