Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp

Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp (1850?)

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Another 19th century children's book, this time an Aladdin story with colorful illustrations accompanied by genuinely inept poetry.  "The youth obedient instant hied / When fruits luxuriant met his sight; / The white were pearls in snowy pride, / Diamonds the clear - of brilliant light".

I can find almost nothing about this book but interestingly the same publisher McLoughlin (active in children's books from 1828 to 1920) published at least two other books with the same title, one in the 1860s possibly a larger version of this text and one in the 1880s an early pop-up book.  The illustrator might have been Richard Andre (pseudonym for William Roger Snow).