1788 The Family Magazine
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
Six issues of 'The Family Magazine' bound as one, with a continuous pagination, being the issues from July 1788 to December 1788. A very scarce work. Illustrated with six plates. Collated, complete. Incomplete as one volume, being volume II of a total of III volumes. The signatures were continuous throughout 1788. The signature for this volume starts at Uu1. The signature run from Uu2 to Qqqq4. Each issue's title page includes a table of contents. This volume contains and index to the first and second volumes. The periodical ran from January 1788 to June 1789, in a joint venture by Sarah Trimmer and John marshall. The periodical was intended to counteract the immoral books that the author thought had been widely circulated among the lower classes within the previous years. It contained religious tales for Sunday evenings, and moral tales for the weekdays, as well as a selection of advice on child rearing, and infants. There was also a collection of songs and ballads, which all had a moral tendency. The work was edited by Sarah Trimmer, with her being the principal contributor. Trimmer was known for her children's literature, and for being an educational reformer. She was best known for her periodical 'The Guardian of Education', in which she reviewed children's literature. Trimmer also founded a number of Sunday schools and charity schools, writing textbooks and manuals for women who were also interested in starting their own schools.
In a full marbled calf binding. Externally, smart. Small crack to the head and tail of the front joint, and to the tail of the rear joint. A little bumping to the extremities. Lacking the spine label. Library label to the spine. Light surface cracks to the spine. A couple of very light marks to the boards. Front hinge is starting but firm. Front endpaper is detached but present. Front free endpaper working loose. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and clean with a couple of marks. Offsetting to the pages facing the plates. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page for the July 1788 issue, 'No. 107', 'Radwinter Sunday Library'. Closed tear to the head of paged 549, affecting running title only with no loss.
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