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124153
(MATHEMATICS: CHILDREN'S.)

Marmaduke Multiply's Merry Method of Making Minor Mathematicians...

or, the Multiplication Table. Illustrated by sixty-nine appropriate engravings.

Availability: In stock

Published: London J. Harris and Son, [c.1819]

Stock Code: 124153

£750
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

Third edition in book-form. An amusing and endearing children's primer in the multiplication tables from the end of the regency period, with captioned engraved plates offering rhyming couplets to aid memory. Often bizarre and seemingly completely unmemorable, examples include "Twice 9 are 18. My cow is very lean" and "Six times 8 are 48. Dear Aunt! Your dress is out of date". The work is scarce in the original boards and even more so in good condition, due to its fragility and child readership.
Marmaduke Multiply was originally published in parts in 1816 and 1817 (with some of the plates still bearing those dates) by the publisher John Harris, with the first edition in book form following in 1817. It is unknown who wrote the work, but it has often been assumed to have been Harris himself. The first and second book-form editions are believed to have been published in 1817 and 1818. The present third edition was probably published in 1819, and can be distinguished by the presence of 1818 watermarks and "and son" included in the publisher's name, based on the Bodleian Library's classifications of their copies. Harris continued to reprint the plates until at least 1844.

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Description

Duodecimo (130 x 101 mm). Original red quarter sheep, printed paper boards.

Illustrations

With 69 engraved plates.

Condition

Gift inscription from 1845 to front free endpaper, a few erased pencil marks on front pastedown. Rubbed, worn at extremities, chipping to paper on boards, some light foxing, chip to rear free endpaper. Overall in very good condition.

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