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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

Chrestomathia. Being a Collection of Papers, explanatory of the Design of an Institution, Proposed to be set on foot, under the name of The Chrestomathic Day School, for the extension of the new system of instruction to the higher branches of learning, fo

[With:] Chrestomathia Part II. Containing Appendix, No. V. Being an essay on Nomenclature and Classification.

London: Printed for Messrs. Payne and Foss, and R. Hunter, by J. M'Creery, 1816 Stock Code: 101335
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First public edition, a re-issue of the original sheets of part I, with a cancel title page, of Bentham's main work on education, together with the first edition of part II.

"In 1814 Bentham became interested in a scheme, sponsored by Francis Place, James Mill, and others, to extend the Lancastrian scheme of instruction to Higher Education. He not only offered his garden as a site for the school, but characteristically sat down at once to write a 'puff' for it. But Place and Mill, knowing full well that Bentham, if left to his own devices, would end in 'writing a good-sized pamphlet if not a volume', got in first with a short prospectus of twelve pages. Bentham therefore devoted himself to a commentary on the prospectus and, when subscriptions hung fire, seems, to judge from an advertisement in the book, to have agreed to publish what he had ready. Accordingly in 1815 there appeared without his name on the title page Chrestomathia... This consisted of two elaborate Instruction Tables on the advantages and principles of the system with notes and four appendices that were ready out of a projected ten. The next year (1816) the volume appeared as here with a cancel title now acknowledging Bentham's authorship, and in the following year sic he published the fifth appendix - at least twice as long as the original volume!" (Muirhead).

The title to part II is usually found in an extended version dated 1817.

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Octavo (212 x 130 mm). Contemporary half pebble grained morocco and marbled boards, rebacked, spine decorated gilt.


2 large folding tables.


Corners worn, free endpapers renewed; a very good copy.


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