Publication: Murphy & Co, 1879, Newark
First edition. This is the original publication--not the modern, limited-edition reprint. [Company is not in Romaine, American Trade Catalogs]. 8vo. 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" color, pictorial wrappers, 16 pp., black & white illustrations throughout, full-color centerfold featuring "Christmas Chimes and Nursery Rhymes." Features include: Christmas Thoughts for Little Folks; The Car Painter's Boy; Hans Sauermilch's Boy; A Varnish Acrostic; Murphy's ABC System; Varnish Ballads; Scenes in the Gum-Copal Country; Bob's Queen; Polish; Happy New Year 1881. The Murphy Varnish Company was in business from 1865 to 1950. The varnish works was a barely profitable business in 1865, Franklin Murphy's father gave his son a half-share in a weakly profitable varnish company shortly after the younger Murphy came home from the Civil War. Murphy emphasized a quality product and soon found himself running a profitable business. Before Franklin Murphy went into business, Americans seeking high-quality varnish had to import it from England. Original, color-pictorial wrappers; spotty foxing inside front and rear covers, else a clean and bright copy of a carriage and young car makers book for children.
Inventory Number: 41894