The child's new play-thing : being a spelling-book intended to make the learning to read, a diversion instead of a task :: consisting of scripture-histories, fables, stories, moral and religious precepts, proverbs, songs, riddles, & c : with entertaining pictures to each story and fable : the whole adapted to the capacities of children, and divided into lessons of 1, 2, 3, and 4 syllables...

The seventh edition : to which are added, forty-eight new cuts, with moral and instructive verses to each.
London : Printed for Messrs. Ware, Hitch, Clark, Corbett, Dodsley, and M. Cooper, 1760.
10 unnumbered pages, 11-167 pages, 1 unnumbered page, : illustrations (engraving, woodcuts) ; 16 cm (12⁰)


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  • Ads on verso of title and final page.
  • With "a new-invented alphabet for children to play with, and a preface shewing the use of it" --At end of title.
  • "Designed for the use of schools, or for children before they go to school" --Title page.
  • Publisher's advertisement on title page verso and 1 page at end.
  • Illustrations: Engraved frontispiece of "Prince George" (later George III) as a young boy wearing a dress and a tricorn hat (included in pagination sequence), woodcuts at the head of reading selections, and woodcut tailpieces.
  • Cotsen copy: Inscribed on front free endpaper verso : "Elizabeth Blake, her book, November 12th, 1763," and on facing recto: "Catherine Doveton (?), this book has given to her by her father, Oct. 16th, 1819, at the birthday (?) when 4 years old
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Contemporary full dark brown sheep, blind-ruled on covers and spine.
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The child's new play-thing: being a spelling-book intended to make the learning to read, a diversion instead of a task...7th edition.
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