Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for Harris and Son Corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard
Date Published: 1819
Binding: Hard Cover
First UK edition. 2 of 3 volumes. 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches. xii, 187, ; , 224; 4pp. of publisher's adverts. at end of vol.1
Original quarter red leather with marble paper covered boards. A little edge worn and rubbed but a good copy with title and 2s6d on the spine. No end paper and frontispiece in vol. 1.
By the author of “Always Happy etc” Dedication Front v.1 "To Richard M.B. My first born child, This first volume of my little historical sketch is dedicated" It is signed "M.E.B" and dated "Devonshire, 1819"
Preface Preface v.1 Reads "Many years ago I made a memorandum to write a Sketch of Progressive History for my children, as soon as they were of an age to relish such reading. That period is arrived, and I have cheerfully commenced the undertaking; it does not prove so easy as I anticipated. Ancient history is entangled with fable, and Modern History is too abounding in events to admit so clear and simple a narrative as I had projected; some incidents are too doubtful; some indelicate; some unintelligible; the most amusing are too often tainted with one or other of these defects"
Dedication Front v.2 "To Henry W.B. Her second child, this second volume of her little historical sketch is dedicated by his tenderly attached mother" It is signed "The Author" and dated "Devonshire, 1819"
References: Gumuchian, 5642 ; Moon, M. Harris (1992), 84(1)
Good. Item #1328