1784 · London
Uncommon juvenile account of the rise and fall of Rome, with a strong moral theme — the preface optimistically suggesting that studying this schoolbook with careful attention will give childish readers a taste for "useful History," make them "an ornament to their country," and fortify them with "Virtue, Honour and Prudence" (p. iv). The text is illustrated with => six copper-engraved plates, the first signed by Royce.
This is the second edition, following the first of 1770; the work, one of several Newbery "New Histories" of various locations, was popular enough that it went through at least three subsequent printings. Only nine U.S. institutions report physical holdings of this printing via WorldCat.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription "Ann Thorold [/] 1790." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T118612; Opie D 195; Osborne Collection, p. 167 (first ed.); Roscoe, John Newberry and His Successors, J263 (2). Contemporary treed calf, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label and gilt-stamped "faux" bands; joints and extremities rubbed, front joint refurbished, spine head chipped. Offsetting from turn-ins to margins of endpapers and fly-leaves; pages slightly age-toned with a handful of small ink spots. => A sound and attractive little book complete with all its nice plates. (Inventory #: 40552)