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BUTLER, William.

An Introduction to Arithmetic. Designed for the Use of Young Ladies. By William Butler, Private Teacher of Writing, Accounts, and Geography.

[Issued with:] Exercises in the first four rules of arithmetic; chiefly of a domestic kind: designed originally for the use of his own scholars. A new edition. London: S. Gosnell, 1806.

London: Published as the act directs, April 1st 1788, & sold by Ashby & Co, G. F. Mawman, and the author, [1806] Stock Code: 137843
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Arithmetic for ladies

A reworking of the author's 1784 and 1788 publications, with a companion work of exercises. The first part has only 4 prefatory pages of letterpress dated November, 1806, in which Butler claims to have printed over 4000 copies of his text:

"In the course of nearly forty years attendance on ladies' schools, I have frequently observed, that their ciphering books contained scarcely half a dozen sums in each of the great rules... Such were the reflections that first suggested the idea of a printed edition of the small work contained in the subsequent pages... This being the original design of the undertaking, no direct or indirect methods to obtain it a general circulation were adopted till the year 1801, when it was advertised a few times among my other publications. It has nevertheless happened, that since its first appearance in 1788, some four thousand copies have been disposed of: and the still increasing demand for this work and the Arithmetical Questions strongly evinces, that my labour in writing the one, and compiling the other, is not regarded as misplaced or fruitless." (p. ii).

The 24-page Exercises contain 224 questions, including a 2-page table of weights and measures at the end to facilitate calculation.

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2 parts in one volume, as issued. Octavo (192 x 121 mm). Contemporary sheep, spine ruled gilt, sprinkled edges.


Engraved title and 52 engraved plates.


Front joint cracked with some worm damage to sheep, but cords holding firm, slight wear to spine ends, rear board with some loss of leather, patched in two places; a few plates lightly browned, generally a crisp, clean copy.


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