Stories for young Children.
By the author of "Conversations on Chemistry," &c. &c.London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831 Stock Code: 126253
First edition of one of Marcet's popular educational stories, this focussed on house-building and mining. Marcet (1769-1858) was one of the earliest authors of popular scientific books. Her most successful work was Conversations on Political Economy (1816) which ran to many editions and exerted considerable influence on the economic theory of the mid-19th century by helping to form the first impressions of young economists. She was also celebrated for her works for children, of which the present is an excellent example. These were "very well received, including Mary's Grammar (1835), which became a classic text. They include many stories of the family life of a boy named Willy and his sisters. Willy's curiosity leads him to investigate everything from the building of a new house to the working of a coalmine. In these books working men are polite but not deferential, confident, and proud of their skills; children are boundlessly curious and not overly obedient; parents are kind, tolerant, and endlessly willing to support their children's quest for information" (ODNB).
Duodecimo. Original quarter roan and marbled boards, spine lettered gilt.
Bookseller's ticket, Poole & Boult of Chester to front pastedown; gift ownership inscription dated January 1832 to front free endpaper. Joints professionally repaired and extremities refurbished; sewing a little strained and pages finger soiled in places with the odd stain; withal a very good copy in its original binding.
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