Very Good. Item #4976
London: Trüber & Co., 1887. Second Edition. 16mo (6.75" x 4.75"); viii, 139pp +3 ads. Illustrated yellow cloth-covered boards. Covers lightly edgeworn with a chip to cloth at tail of spine and a fair bit of general smudging and soiling. Bookplate of The Benson Library of the Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) on front pastedown with name of Mrs. R.W. Meirs written at bottom of plate and "Property of Episcopal Academy" stamp above plate and opposite on front free endpaper. Library "due date" slip tipped in on back free endpaper, with no patrons listed. Library stamp on top page edges. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound. Pages unmarked.
Songs and stories in Chinese Pidgin English, which evolved from a 17th century trade language between the Chinese and English-speaking business partners.
This copy from the personal library of author, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire, whose On Language column ran in The New York Times Magazine for 30 years.