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Bowles, Carrington (??).
The Self-Instructor, or, Young Man's Best Companion....

Liverpool printed by Henry Fisher, Caxton: nd (ca.1817).

"Being an introduction to all the various branches of useful learning and knowledge, containing writing, grammar, arithmetic, astronomy, geography, chronology, and miscellaneous articles. To which is added the Artist's Assistant comprising the arts of drawings, perspective, etching, engraving, mezzotinto scraping, painting, dyeing, colouring of maps, etc. A brief account of Naval and Military affairs. Also, various useful medicinal receipts". OCLC lists several editions, none of which are common- 1807 (2) 1808 (1) 1810 (4) 1815 (1), 1837 (3). This edition, which seems from internal evidence* to be ca 1817, is not found at all. (*Several plates are dated 1817, and George III, who died in 1820, is still listed as being alive.)

Hardcover. 5.25"x8.5", 593 + (3) pages folding map, engraved decorative title page plus 6 engraved plates illustrating the various arts and trades, and a plate of geometric forms. Bound in full period mottled, polished calf with gilt spine bands and medallions marbled endpapers some cover wear, hinges beginning to separate some internal browning and spotting, but overall a nice copy in a handsome period naive binding.

Inventory #: 2819
Price: $ 450.00      

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