READINGS ON POETRY.
London: R. Hunter, 1816. xxviii, 213, [1 errata], , [8 ad’s] pages. Original sheep backed boards with printed paper label to spine. 140 x 94 mm. First edition. Boards very rubbed and worn at edges; front end-papers spotted; ownership inscription: ‘Miss L. Lyderman The Reward of Merit Dec 13th [year erased].’ Else a very good copy of a rare children’s book. No copies of the first edition recorded on Worldcat. A lengthy and compelling Preface concerning the value of poetry in the development of Children, argues for the abandonment of learning by rote; ‘It can be no distinction to Miss or Master any-one to have learnt what is known by Miss and Master every-body. This is quickly seen and felt – The little more and the little more is crammed into the head, in vain – when the force of cramming can no farther go, the preceptor or the parent in vain has recourse to any literary conjurer who teaches or promises to teach new arts of memory. Arts by which the intellectual juggler undertakes in the presence of the spectators to swallow and reproduce at pleasure tremendous lengths of prose or poetry!’