New Haven: S. Babcock, No date [c. 1835-40]. Wraps. Cover title publisher: New Haven: Sidney Babcock. 64mo (3 ½” x 2 1/8”); 16pp; yellow wrapper printed with black decorative border and vignette of birds within decorative swirls; rear wrapper publisher’s ad for “New Editions of Toy Books;” wood engraved vignette of elephant on title page; 5 full-page engraved illustrations; light hand soiling, spine crudely restitched by early owner; good plus. Good +. Item #1405
Sidney Babcock (1797-1884) was a printer and publisher with a long family history of publishing in Connecticut. This chapbook includes the titles: Blowing Bubbles, The Bad Girl, A Game at Ball, The Ride, and The Swing. Of special interest is the title A Game at Ball describing the game we know as baseball.