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Original Stories from real life;

Original Stories from real life;

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London: printed for J. Johnson,, 1791. Education towards rational right-mindedness Second edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's only work written directly for children, in which the wise and rational governess Mrs Mason educates her "shamefully ignorant" charges Mary and Caroline, who "had caught every prejudice that the vulgar casually instil", towards rational right-mindedness through a sequence of original stories. This second edition of 1791 was issued with illustrations by William Blake. Annotated on the front free endpaper verso: "Robt Henry Cheney 1st Jany 1805 - The gift of his good Aunt Miss Eliza Cheney - Given by him to Harriet Margaret Cheney March 1816 - Who has given it to Alfred Capel Cure." Alfred Capel-Cure was an officer in the British Army, a pioneer of photography, and the nephew of artist and photographer Robert Henry Cheney. Octavo (172 x 100 mm). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked, flat spine divided into compartments with gilt roll decoration and device, morocco label. With frontispiece and five plates designed and engraved by William Blake. Engraved armorial bookplate to front pastedown, contemporary ownership signature "E. Cheney" to head of title, the front free endpaper verso further annotated (see below). Professionally rebacked, board edges rubbed and corners worn, some scattered spotting and light soiling, with offset from plates and pressed flowers to some leaves (the flowers no longer present). A very good copy, the plates in good impressions. Bentley 514A; ESTC T43449; Windle A3b.


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Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
having had the material covering the spine replaced. ...
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...
Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding. Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat the...
The book is pristine and free of any defects, in the same condition as ...
A technique of printing where the inked image or text is ...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Especially for older books, a printer's device refers to an identifying mark, also sometimes called a printer's mark, on the...
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...