Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected for the Improvement of Young Persons Being Similar in Design to Elegant Extracts in Poetry. [bound with] Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry Selected for the Improvement of Youth in Speaking, Reading, Thinking, Composing and in the Conduct of Life being similar in design to elegant extracts in prose. New Edition, in 2 volumes. Vicesimus Knox, ed.
Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected for the Improvement of Young Persons Being Similar in Design to Elegant Extracts in Poetry. [bound with] Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry Selected for the Improvement of Youth in Speaking, Reading, Thinking, Composing and in the Conduct of Life being similar in design to elegant extracts in prose. New Edition, in 2 volumes.

Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected for the Improvement of Young Persons Being Similar in Design to Elegant Extracts in Poetry. [bound with] Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry Selected for the Improvement of Youth in Speaking, Reading, Thinking, Composing and in the Conduct of Life being similar in design to elegant extracts in prose. New Edition, in 2 volumes.

London: Studio Fallente Laborem, Ca. 1790. Later improved and expanded Edition. Hardcover. One of the first English school anthologies of prose and poetry, in an extremely handsome binding gilt decorated calf binding. The Extracts contain an extensive selection of contemporary literature for pupils, which could be added to the classical texts already available, and aid in their linguistic and moral growth.

The Prose volume includes a long extract from Benjamin Franklin's 'Way to Wealth' and Jonathan Swift's 'Voyage to Lilliput', as well as interesting appendices on geography, natural history, a calendar of flora, and a chronological table of historical events.

With the spine of the thick first volume (Prose) beautifully and sympathetically rebacked, with gilt decoration in the compartments and red title labels. The second and third volumes (Verse) are bound in matching full calf, with tooling differences only on the spine. The first volume with an elegantly engraved vignette with beehive surrounded by flowers, a boy in the background chasing a butterfly, by E. F. Burney.

3 volumes, 8vo, one thick., text printed in 2 columns. Volume 1, Prose in 4 books, engraved frontispiece, xvi + Viii, 286pp, 287 - 512; engraved frontispiece, 513 - 947; Appendix, 948 - 1019, 1pp ads. Volume 2, Verse in 2 books, engraved title page, vi, [6]pp, 164pp; 165 - 484. Volume 3, Verse in 2 books, 168pp; 169 - 439. Printed for Charles Dilly, Poultry, 1790. A New Edition.

Handsomely bound in full mottled calf. Light rubbing at edges with a restored crack visible in the spine of the extra large Volume 1 along with strengthening tape on the inner hinge. Spine head of Volume 2 ruffled. Volume 1 with owner signature and date at the title page, Lucas Waring 1790. There is a Lucas Waring who succeeded Edward Bayly or Baillie, in 1785 as the Archdeacon of St. Patrick's Dublin. Prose, OCLC: 9639018. Verse, OCLC: 27414048. Otherwise very good condition. Item #22735

Price: $375.00

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