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    [John Newbery, publisher]. A Compendious History of England, from The Invasion by the Romans, to The Present Time. Adorned with a Map of Great Britain and Ireland, colour'd; and embellished with Thirty-one Cuts of all the Kings and Queens Who have reign'd since the conquest: Drawn chiefly From their Statues at the Royal Exchange. [Locke on Education]. London: Printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1758. [Price bound Two Shillings]. First Newbery edition. Twelvemo (5.5 x 3.75 inches; 140 x 82 mm). [i]-iv, [v-xii], i-viii, 9-266, [10, publisher's catalog] pages. Folding engraved map of the British Isles by Emanuel Bowen. With thirty-one magnificent woodcut whole-length figures of sovereigns, most signed JB. Full nineteenth-century calf, neatly rebacked with spine in five compartments with four raised bands ruled in gilt. Covers bordered with double-gilt rule. General aging and wear nicely furbished, endpapers and some sheets with dampstains, including the bottom edge of the title page. Folding map browning and stained, with short neat tears along a couple of folds. Sheets browned and lightly foxed in places, but pages still supple. Altogether, a lovely copy of the first printing of this Newbery History for children. Housed in a cloth chemise and cloth book-backed slipcase with a morocco label lettered in gilt. Also mounted on the chemise is Justin G. Schiller's custom bookplate designed by Maurice Sendak. Very good.

    This printing features wonderful cuts of the monarchs of England, from William the Conqueror through George the Second; the woodcuts, in a reduced format, were sourced from Mary Cooper's The History of England by Thomas Thumb. Publisher Mary Cooper's 1749 work being the first and only edition of the first history of England designed exclusively for children, and like her earlier travel book for children, enlisted Tom Thumb to make the subject matter more accommodating and friendlier to children. With the bookplate of S. Roscoe laid in, this copy cited as Roscoe J76.

    Roscoe J76.

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