[HANDCOLOURED CHAPBOOK] [AULNOY, Madame d'(Marie-Catherine)] (author). The History Of Fortunio And His Famous Companions. London: Printed for Tabart And Co. At The Juvenile And School Library, No 157, New Bond-Street; And To Be Had Of All Booksellers. 1804.
12mo. Handsomely bound in late Victorian half tan calf over brown cloth boards, spine finely lettered longitudinally in gilt with gilt rules, floral devices and date at foot, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers; pp. 35 + [i], publisher's advert. listing 7 just-published titles; printed on laid paper; with handcoloured copperplate frontispiece and 2 further handcoloured engravings (as called for), captioned and dated in the plate, July 1804, after designs by W.M. Craig; externally near fine with tiny rubbing to forecorners and a small scuff to leather at top forecorner of lower cover; internally very good, crisp and clean with only a little occasional, and pale, foxing; a few minor marks, a little paint-bleed to verso of one plate, and some catchwords and titles shaved: rare.
"Seventh edition", as stated on title-page, and priced sixpence, cf. Moon, 26 (1). First published earlier the same year, the popularity of this title can be gauged by the speed of reprinting. All editions are scarce with the bibliographer Marjorie Moon unable to locate any examples of the first or second edition and only 1 of the third (Pierpont Morgan Lib.).
Copac lists only one 8th edition (Univ. of Oxford) and none earlier; OCLC/WorldCat locates two 8th editions (Princeton and Univ. British Columbia) and none earlier.