EARLY AMERICAN. (BATTLEDORE) THE UNCLE'S PRESENT, A NEW BATTLEDOOR. Philadelphia: Jacob Johnson (147 Market St.) (on flap), Philadelphia: Sold by Benjamin Warner (on rear cover), no date circa 1810. 3 3/4 x 6 1/2", brown pictorial wrappers, some darkening of covers else near fine. The front and back covers have woodcuts attributed to W. Mason on the front and A. Anderson on rear. The cover heeds "Read and be Wise" and the flap adds "Come, read and learn." The inside is composed entirely of an alphabet. Unlike most battledores, this has an extra leaf inside allowing for one large illustration for each letter of the ABC. The woodcuts are particularly charming depicting various Cries and the text of the cries use words for the particular letter they represent. Rosenbach says "The Cries illustrating the alphabet are a very pretty set, and are probably an early set of Newcastle or York Cries by BEWICK.... The letters J and U are omitted in order to have 24 letters for 24 compartments." Battledores were learning vehicles that served double duty. Inside the classromm they were used for learning the ABC's but at recess they could be used to play a pre-baseball type game of battledore and shuttlecock. This is one of the best examples of a battledore. Welch 1363. Rosenbach 428 (also pictured).