12mo, pp. vii, [1 (blank)], 145, [1 (blank)], [2 (publisher’s advertisement)], with frontispiece and 25 plates; occasional spotting; a good copy in recent red morocco-backed boards with marbled sides to period style, spine gilt-ruled in compartments with gilt green morocco lettering-piece; lightly rubbed at extremities.
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Natural History of Quadrupeds, for Children, combined with an Attempt to engraft on the youthful Mind the Principles of Tenderness and Compassion for the animal Creation, by a Lady; second Edition.
A scarce work, second edition, the first edition to be attributed to ‘a lady’. An attractive natural history for children, the work was first published in 1813 ‘by the Author of The Decoy’, an educational work on English grammar; this second edition is the first to credit ‘a lady’ with its authorship. The author of several works for children, she is likely the ‘E. Ballantine’ recorded in the Darton and Harvey copyright receipt book for ‘Natural History for Children’ and ‘the Lamb’.
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WITH ARMS PRINTED IN GOLD [MULLIS, William].
A brief Account of the Blue Coat Hospital, and Public Library, in the College, Manchester, founded by Humphrey Chetham, Esq. in the Year 1651.
Sole edition, privately printed and very rare. William Mullis was the deputy librarian of Chetham’s Library, the oldest free public reference library in the English-speaking world. It was founded in 1653, along with the Blue Coat School (two years earlier), by bequests from the merchant and banker Humphrey Chetham. Both charities occupied the ‘venerable edifice’ built in 1461 to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church.