CORNER, Miss [Julia] (author). The First History of England That Should Be Placed In The Hands Of A Child. London; Thomas Dean & Son, 31, Ludgate Hill, Three Doors West of Old Bailey. .
Square 8vo. Original red grained cloth elaborately blocked in gilt to upper board and in blind to lower cover, spine lettered gilt, all edges gilt, original coated yellow endpapers; pp. [iv] +  + 12, Dean and Son's List of Educational and School Books; with engraved title-page and frontispiece, both attractively coloured by hand, wood-engraved pictorial chapter-headings throughout, and a total of 24 high-quality tipped-in tinted lithographed plates, each featuring several interlinked scenes; a very pleasing copy with some surface wear to spine ends, some overall soiling and rubbing, small marking to lower board and turning to forecorners; internally generally very clean with some offsetting from plates to text, cracking to gutter at title, and light foxing to prelims, but otherwise with only minimal signs of handling.
Fourth edition thus, with publisher's catalogue dated 1856 and the addition of this title ('3rd Edition') in the publisher's list. Miss Julia Corner's History of England for youth was first published in 1843 and went through several transformations, and rewritings, before its metamorphosis here, as a 'First History' for younger children, 'printed in large type' (catalogue). The inclusion of an engraving of the Great Exhibition building in the frontispiece design (erected 1851) suggests that the first edition of this book dates from that year, or the following. We have been unable to trace any examples in institutional libraries. Earliest versions of the text, published simply as History of England, or Every Child's History of England, were either unillustrated or had only 4 plates and a map. This profusely illustrated adaptation is, aesthetically speaking, far superior, and rather scarce, with no examples listed in commerce at the time of cataloguing, and only 4 on Copac (B.L; Leicester Univ.: Oxford; Nat. Lib. of Scotland).