RYLAND, John.

CARDS OF ANTIENT HISTORY. 1770.
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Author RYLAND, John.
Title CARDS OF ANTIENT HISTORY.
Published London. Carrington Bowles. 1770.
Stock Code 13311
Description Two set of cards, each containing 52 cards. The first set lacks the title card [51 of 52], but covers the period from the First Epoch. Adam, or the Creation. Year of the World 1. 4004 Before Christ, ending at the VIth Lunar Eclipse, 502 B.C. The second set of cards is titled: CARDS OF ANTIENT HISTORY, from the Battle of Marathon, to the Birth of Jesus Christ; including the History of 500 years. By John Ryland, A.M. Master of a Boarding School at Northampton. Published. Oct' 1st 1770. Printed for Carrington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No 69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Each card measures 9.3 x 6.3 cm. The cards were issued in two sets, as stated on card 51 of the set, is the notification: 'NB. AA second set of Cards, containing the remaining principal Facts down to the Birth of Christ, will soon be published.' Both sets are in excellent condition. A rare 18th century teaching aid, that tackles the task of marrying recorded history with Biblical mythology and dogma. So far as we can ascertain, it is unrecorded. We cannot be certain which John Ryland was the author of these cards, as both John Collett Ryland (1723-1792), and his son (1753 to 1825) were schoolmasters and authors of works concerned with religion and education.