early eighteenth-century schoolbook
WATTS [Isaac], [Francis] MUNDY and [George] BICKHAM (authors). Watts's Compleat Spelling-Book, In Three Parts. Part I Containeth Mr. Munday's New Improvements, for the Right Accenting of Words etc.; Part II Containeth, the Principles and Rules of pronouncing our Mother Tongue etc.; Part III Lessons for Children, out of the Historical Parts of Scripture; as also, a short History of England … As also Mr. Clark's Directions, for Writing the Round Hand, and Round Text, and the Italian Hand, with several other Things for the Improvement of Children etc. Dublin: Printed by and for George Grierson, Printer, to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, at the King's Arms and Two Bibles in Essex Street. 1737.
12mo.; attractively bound in nineteenth century full speckled tan calf, single-line filet to sides, spine with 5 raised bands with gilt beaded bands, ruled in gilt with onlaid red leather label lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, by Fazarkerley Binder, Liverpool; pp. [iv], v-xviii, -266; with woodcut portrait frontispiece of George II, woodcut borders, chapter-headings, historiated initials, tailpieces, and 12 woodcuts in Part II and 30 woodcut portraits of the Kings and Queens of England in Part III, complete with folding plate bound at rear printed with 4 engraved alphabets; externally very pretty with a little marking to spine and minor rubbing to joints, internally sound although toned throughout with marking, browning, and occasional small staining, and with a couple of old closed, skilfilly repaired, and inoffensive closed edge tears and with tiny losses to bottom forecorner of a few leaves, far from text; rare.
Early edition (presumably second) of this important Colonial Era educational book, first published in 1726. The seventh edition was published in 1768 and the tenth edition in 1770.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was a highly influential English Christian minister, hymn writer, and logician, whose works had a significant, and possibly unparalleled, influence on eighteenth-century education.. Watts's Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children, first published in 1715, a collection of improving verses for the young, became the standard textbook in schools and was ubiquitous in homes and educational establishments for nearly 200 years. One of his best-known poems included there, "Against Idleness and Mischief", was famously parodied by Lewis Carroll in the poem "How Doth the Little Crocodile" and is also quoted by schoolmaster Dr. Strong in Charles Dickens's David Copperfield.
Copac lists only 4 copies of this edition, and none earlier (BL; National Library of Scotland; Wellcome Library; St. Andrews University). One copy only of 1726 edition listed on OCLC (McGill Univ.). No copies located on the commercial market, in any edition, at the time of cataloguing.