WICKHAM'S BUILDERS' BLOCKS; FOR THE USE OF LITTLE BUILDERS. ORNAMENTED WITH CHASTE ENGRAVINGS. O. Wickham, rin.
WICKHAM'S BUILDERS' BLOCKS; FOR THE USE OF LITTLE BUILDERS. ORNAMENTED WITH CHASTE ENGRAVINGS.
WICKHAM'S BUILDERS' BLOCKS; FOR THE USE OF LITTLE BUILDERS. ORNAMENTED WITH CHASTE ENGRAVINGS.
WICKHAM'S BUILDERS' BLOCKS; FOR THE USE OF LITTLE BUILDERS. ORNAMENTED WITH CHASTE ENGRAVINGS.

WICKHAM'S BUILDERS' BLOCKS; FOR THE USE OF LITTLE BUILDERS. ORNAMENTED WITH CHASTE ENGRAVINGS.

New York: copyright 1847. Published by J.S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 136 Nassau Street, New York. This a set of wooden alphabet blocks, covered with paper on which alphabets, words and small engravings are printed. The blocks are in their original cardboard carton, worn but nearly intact and with a couple of corners mended long ago with thread. On the cover, texts on the borders read: "Amusements that interest but never tire", "Mind is developed by its own action", "Home toys to promote home joys" and "Educate and restrain by pleasing employments". The boxtop lining reads "The Parents' and Children's Guide to a pleasing and beneficial use of these blocks, designed for children from two to eight years old", with instructions for use. Wickham was an educator, and a member of the New York State Teacher's Association, He published a previous set, called "Alphabet on Blocks", in Sag Harbor, NY, about 1839, of which the OCLC records a single set, at Yale. The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal owns a similar but slightly larger copy dated two years earlier. This set seems to be unrecorded. It consists of 21 large wooden blocks (2 3/4" x 1 5/16" x 5/8"), covered with colored paper with capital and small letters, words and small engravings, and 9 other smaller blocks. One small block might be lacking (noted because a previous set had 31 blocks). Most are quite worn; some are illegible and missing parts of the paper covering. This set is as found and unrestored and possibly unique. Item #6550

Price: $475.00

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