COBWEBS TO CATCH FLIES, or Dialogues in short sentences, adapted to children from the age of three to eight years. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Containing Easy Lessons if Words of Three Letters, Four letters, Five Letters, Six Letters. Suited to Children from Three to Five Years of Age. Vo. II. Containing Instructive Lessons in Words of One Syllable, Two Syllables, Three Syllables, Four Syllables. Suited to Children from Five to Eight Years of Age.
London: John Marshall, at No. 4, Aldermary Church-Yard, in Watling Street, No date. (Circa 1795-1800). Two volumes bound as one with two frontispieces and two title-pages. Volume I: 72 pages. Illustrated with a copper-engraved frontispiece and twelve woodcuts. Vol. II: 87 [1 ad’] pages. Illustrated with a copper-engraved frontispiece and 15 woodcuts. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards worn and split at spine. 12mo. Eleanor Fenn’s Cobwebs to catch Flies, with its skilful mixture of amusement and pedagogy, was a revolutionary new approach to children’s education. The first edition was published circa 1783. The advertisement at the close of the work promotes, at some length, Eleanor Fenn’s A Set of Toys, which had been advertised in the first edition as being shortly ready for sale.