THE SORROWS OF SELFISHNESS; or, The History of Miss Richmore.…

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THE SORROWS OF SELFISHNESS; or, The History of Miss Richmore. By Mrs, Prudentia Homespun [pseud].

London: T. N. Longman and G. Rees, Paternoster-Row; and J, Harris, successor to E. Newbery, at St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1802. xvi, 92 pages. Engraved frontispiece. Original boards with the remains of the paper title label surviving. 139 x 92 mm. First edition. Ownership name and date on title and on endpaper; nicely re-backed. A very good copy of a rare children’s book. Mrs Moon [974] only managing to locate one copy of this the first edition, no copies of the second and third editions, and six copies of the newly illustrated fourth edition. The Address to Parents has the following damning footnote: ‘Every serious person must lament the striking alteration which has taken place in the fabricating of children’s books within these few years; formerly the writers of these bagatelles remembered that they were addressing the offspring of Christian parents. They frequently inforced their observations by quotations from scripture; they recommended a punctual performance of religious duties; and they reminded their young readers, that they were immortal beings. It is not from accident, but design, that these subjects are now avoided. Our nurseries are stored with very liberal publications, equally adapted to the instruction of Jews, Turks, Pagans, or infidels. No degree of cleverness in the composition, however, superlative it may be, can atone for this insuperable contamination.’

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