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Mrs. Mitford's One Penny Books, Darton & Co, Holborn Hill [wrapper-title], ,
complete set of twelve chapbooks, wood-engravings to text, a few spots, mainly to edges, printed paper wrappers, each with vignette on front cover, small slim 8vo (12 x 8cm/4.75 x 3ins), contained in original decorative paper wrapper, front with mounted circular illustration of a windmill, dusty and frayed with some loss to edges
Darton, H1084-H1089 and H1091-H1096. The titles included are: Aunt Clara's Lesson; The Cousins; Disobedient Joseph; Frank and his Christmas Gift; The Island Home; The Little Girl's Housekeeping; The Overturned Chaise; The Serious Question; The Spring Morning's Ride; Sunday Talk on Natural History; Travellers' Wonders; True Fortitude. An extremely rare survival. The British Library set of 12 was destroyed in World War II. No other complete sets have been found either on COPAC or WorldCat. Lawrence Darton was presumably unaware of the publisher's paper wrapper as it is not mentioned in his bibliography.