12mo., pp. , 173, , with an engraved frontispiece and five engraved plates, all dated 22 May 1790; some light foxing; a little shaken, in the original green quarter vellum and marbled boards, front joint cracking, covers creased and worn; inscription dated 1811 to front endpaper.
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The History of Sandford and Merton, abridged from the Original. Embellished with elegant Plates … Third Edition.
Third edition of Richard Johnson’s abridgement of Day’s most famous and most enduring children’s book (1783, with sequels in 1786 and 1789), first published in this form in 1790. ESTC shows three copies of the first edition; five of the second; and BL and UCLA only of this third; Roscoe adds a copy in the Opie collection at Oxford.
Roscoe J92 (2).
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A brief Account of the Blue Coat Hospital, and Public Library, in the College, Manchester, founded by Humphrey Chetham, Esq. in the Year 1651.
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