The Preceptor: containing A General Course of Education.
Wherein the first principles of Polite Learning are laid down In a Way most suitable for trying the Genius, and advancing the Instruction of Youth. In twelve parts. Illustrated with Maps and useful Cuts… The Seventh Edition, with Corrections, and Improvements.London : for J. Dodsley, 1783 Stock Code: 127217
Eighth edition of this popular epitome of contemporary learning, first published in 1748. Robert Dodsley compiled the work, but it is noted for its preface by Samuel Johnson, who also contributed "The Vision of Theodore", a moralist allegory of human life, which Johnson is reputed by Boswell to have thought "the best thing he ever wrote" (Life of Johnson).
Other contributions include "The elements of logic" by William Duncan, who had also worked for Dodsley as a translator of French novels. The plates, covering geography, the natural world, architecture and drawing, are particularly appealing.
2 volumes, octavo (213 x 124 mm). Contemporary calf, red and green twin morocco labels to spines with gilt floral tools to compartments.
Engraved frontispiece in each volume, 33 engraved folding plates and maps, maps hand-coloured in outline.
Tiny wear to head of spine of volume II with foot of rear joint of the same splitting, a few minor marks to calf, some worming at end of vol. II and a few interior blemishes, yet overall a highly attractive copy.
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