New York: McLoughlin Brothers, Publishers, No. 30 Beekman Street, [1860s]. Side-stitched octavo pamphlet, measuring 7.5 x 4.5 inches: . Original color pictorial self-wrappers, color-stenciled wood engravings on every page. Light shelfwear and soiling, sewing renewed.
First edition of this colorful American toy book, in which young Master Rose goes undercover in the (stereo)typical costumes of various nations, inviting the reader to “tell the company, / In which you like me best.” He dresses up as a Greek, a Spaniard, a Dutchman, an Alpine hunter, a Turk, and a Native American in turn. Master Rose’s face and the type used in the verse caption are notably different on the Native American page, suggesting that this title may be pirated from an English chapbook. The firm of McLoughlin Brothers was located at 30 Beekman Street, the address on the front wrapper, from 1863 to 1870. A very good example of an uncommon title: OCLC locates ten holdings worldwide.