THE BRITISH YOUTH’S INSTRUCTOR : Or, the Useful Penman. A New Copy-Book. Containing Alphabets and Sentences in Round Text, large and small Round Hand, and Running Hand: An abstract of the Theory of Writing, Initial Letters Struck Capitals, and other Curious Decorations. Written, by several of the Best Masters, and Engrav’d by George Bickham Senr. Designed for the Use of schools and Families.
London: Robt Sayer. Engraved frontispiece, title, engraved Dedication to the Youth of Great Britain; 2 pages of letter press, ‘Instructions on the Art of Writing;’ followed by 18 leaves of engraved plates, printed on rectos only. Original plain grey paper wrappers, titled by hand: ‘James Palmer His Book February 28th Anno Domini 1754.’ printed. 315 x 203 mm. Frontispiece and title-page have both lost a corner each; the title also has a tear. Covers loosening; generally worn; but a very good example, nevertheless, of a rare title. According to ESTC there are two issues of this book, one dated 1754 and, as with this copy, another undated, which they speculate was issued in 1755. However, the manuscript tile to this copy would suggest both variants were issued in 1754. British Library and Huntington Library only for this issue. £2,750. 00.