The Adventures of a Field Mouse, or, The history of Little Downy
Place Published: London
Publisher: Thomas Dean and Son
Date Published: 
Edition: 4th Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
SCARCE TRAILL JUVENILE
4th edition. 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches. , -72pp. (6pp. with 2 leaves of B&W plates [front and added title page], Circa 1854. Chromolithographed pictorial top board with publisher’s advertisement printed on rear. Cover title: Little Downey. Some wear to corners and light fading on chromolith on front cover, otherwise very good+ condition. Contemporary gift inscription (no date) to front end paper. A very nice clean copy of a scarce edition.
Frontispiece -untitled: [showing farmers and their wives raking and loading hay] Added illustrated title page reads: The history of little Downy, or, The adventures of a field mouse. untitled: [showing a mother handing a mouse in a cage to her daughter]
Title-page vignette - untitled: [showing a boy, his dog, and a fleeing field mouse]
Publisher's advertisements on back cover of 12 titles in the series.
In Little Downy, a mother relates the life histories of a family of field mice to her son.
The publishers erroneously ascribed the book to Mrs. Traill's sister, Susanna Strickland, afterwards Moodie. Little Downy is attributed to Catharine Parr Strickland by Sara Eaton in Lady of the backwoods and by Michael Peterman in the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.
Undated. Date from publisher's form of name and years of activity at address, see P.A.H. Brown London publishers and printers p. 55.
Other editions of this title were produced in 1822, 1832, 1844 and this copy circa c1854 and 1887. All editions are considered scarce.
Very Good+. Item #8419