David Miles Books

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THE RENOWNED HISTORY OF PRIMROSE PRETTYFACE, who By her Sweetness of Temper, & Love of Learning, was raised from being the Daughter of a poor Cottager, to great Riches, and the Dignity of Lady of the Manor. Set forth For the Benefit & Imitation of those pretty little Boys & Girls, who by learning their Books & obliging Mankind, would to Beauty of Body, add Beauty of Mind. (Price 6d in Gilt Paper. – 9d bound in Red.) 1788.
Title THE RENOWNED HISTORY OF PRIMROSE PRETTYFACE, who By her Sweetness of Temper, & Love of Learning, was raised from being the Daughter of a poor Cottager, to great Riches, and the Dignity of Lady of the Manor. Set forth For the Benefit & Imitation of those pretty little Boys & Girls, who by learning their Books & obliging Mankind, would to Beauty of Body, add Beauty of Mind. (Price 6d in Gilt Paper. – 9d bound in Red.)
Published London. J. Marshall & Co. No date. (Circa 1788.)
Stock Code 13814
Description 88, [4 ad's] pages. Pastedown advertisement' for 'A New Publication… The Juvenile Magazine,' at end, from which the date of publication can be deduced. Illustrated with a wood-engraved frontispiece and 31 woodcuts within the text. Original patterned pink boards. 12mo. Spine restored; else a very good copy. The true first edition which has a longer text and four more woodcuts, was published circa 1781 and is known by a single copy in the Cotsen Children's Library. This above edition differs slightly from other known editions of approximately the same date; for whilst the frontispiece conforms to later printings, having fewer children in the reading circle and with the boy reading his text facing to the right, the woodcut on page 74 still shows Lady Worthy weeping, as in the first edition; whereas in later printings the illustration has been altered to show her reading from a book.
£2200.00