4 vols. in two, 18mo. viii, 202; 204; 215, ; 214,  pp. 24 engraved plates, including 12 stipple engravings in vol. 1, faintly signed Dien sc. Contemporary tree calf gilt (scraped and worn). Inscription on front flyleaf of vol. 1: Souvenir de Thse de Butler à son frère Maurice Le 23 Aout 1838.***
Fifth edition of Bertin’s best-selling first book for children, originally published in 1803 with 20 engravings. Although only Thomas Day is mentioned in the titles, the stories borrow from other English writers as well, including Elizabeth Somerville and E. A. Kendall. All editions are rare. Gumuchian claims, on unknown grounds, that the stipple engravings of vapid-faced youth by the prolific French engraver Claude Marie François Dien were produced in England. I prefer those of the last two volumes, which have square-headed children and a surreal quality. That of Flora resting in a meadow uses contrasting patches of hatching and shading to produce a collage-like effect.
No copies in OCLC. Cf. Gumuchian 2095-96 for earlier editions; on Dien see Thieme Becker 9:236. Item #2002