EARLY AMERICAN. THE HEADLONG CAREER AND WOEFUL ENDING OF PRECOCIOUS PIGGY. Boston: M.A. Mayhew 1860. 12mo (5 1/2 x 7"), decorative wraps, p. + p. ad, slightest bit of soil else near Fine. The story originated as a tale that Hood told to his children. After he died his son Tom wrote down the story and illustrated it (his original manuscript is at the Huntington Library). Each page of text faces a fine full page black and white illustration depicting the ultimately sad tale of this dandified pig. The preface is by Frances Freeling Broderip, the author's daughter and a children's writer as well. A Fireside Picture Book and an early American edition of this title which first came out in 1859 in London.