The child's new play-thing : being a spelling-book intended to make the learning to read, a diversion instead of a task ... to which is added three dialogues ...

The third edition.
London : Printed for M. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-noster Row, 1745.
144 pages : illustrations (engraving, woodcuts) ; 16 cm


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Summary note
First four leaves with alphabet and vocabularly words on rectos, set within typographical borders, with versified alphabet on facing versos; Preface Shewing the Use of the Alphabets begins p. 15, followed by vocabulary lessons, proverbs, reading passages and poetry, with a brief section on numbers, including Roman numerals; reading selections include: fables (Fable of the Two Dogs, Huntsman and the Young Hound, The Foolish Stag), Bible stories (Creation, Noah's Ark, Joseph and his Brethren, Sampson and Delilah), and short fiction: (St. George and the Dragon, Guy Earl of Warwick, Fortunatus, Reynard the Fox); poems (captioned "Songs") in last 6 pages.
  • Illustrations: Engraved frontis. of "Prince George" (later George III) as a young boy in a dress, woodcuts at the head of reading selections, and woodcut tailpieces.
  • Princeton 1: Frontispiece portrait has been traced on the back and outlined in ink by a reader, who also added female body parts.
  • Princeton 1: Inscribed on front pastedown and endpaper in different hands: "John Beague His Book 1753", "Master Beague 1748", and "John Beague, his book, written by Lazarus Sutton, August 12, 1750"; ink markings and pen trials on front endpaper verso, rear pastedown, and last page of text.
  • Princeton 1: Leaf F10 (page 139-140) torn away leaving only a fragment of text.
Binding note
  • Contemporary speckled dark brown sheep with blind-ruled borders on covers.
  • Princeton 1: Within later orange marbled-paper covered slipcase.
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