c1890 Henry L. Stephens FUN & HEY-HO LOVERS OF PEKING child's chromos McLoughlin

[Henry Louis Stephens, illustrator (1824-1882 )]. FUN AND HEY HO, THE LOVERS OF PEKING. One in the "A Set of China" series of imprints. NY: McLoughlin Bro's., no date [usually cited as c.1880s or c. 1890 in bibliographies]. Scarce imprint, not often seen.

Square 12mo (7-3/8 x 9-5/8") sewn in stiff chromo-lithographed pictorial wraps; publisher's ads on the back wrap; 6 full-page chromo-lithographed illustrations (one repeated on the front but with ornate graphics framing it; [14pp], with the first and last pages printed inside the wraps.

A Chinese-inspired tale illustrated by the incomparable Henry L. Stephens that was also issued as one of three tales in a a very scarce McLoughlin imprint, Fun from the Flowery Land (seldom seen in the original edition and very costly when it is, though now available in facsimile reprint-on-demand).

The three tales were ALSO published separately as three issues in the "A Set of China" series (pun clearly intended), and these issues are also very scarce.

This little book is one of the three in the set, but it stands alone too.

The publisher's ad on the back describes all these imprints - the book with three tales, AND the separate tales published as a set. (The other two tales were Ah-Fun and Ah-Fee, the Rival Scholars and So-Sli and Ho-Fi; or the Wicked Husband
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