A fun way to teach A B C. With colored plates.... - Lot 75 - Ader

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A fun way to teach A B C. With colored plates.... - Lot 75 - Ader
A fun way to teach A B C. With colored plates. Printed by Darton and Harvey. Sold by them and by T. Boosey and A. Dulau & Co. London. 1801. From the printer of S. Couchman. London. Small in-12 (14,2 x 9 cm). Hand-colored engraved frontispiece and title, 72 pp. 6 engraved and colored plates : red half calf (Binding of the time). First edition. Rare French primer, published and printed in London in 1801. It is illustrated with a frontispiece, a title page, four plates of six engravings for the primer and two plates of two engravings dedicated to the games, all hand-colored. The book begins with alphabets, linked letters, syllabary, progressive first reading texts and continues with the illustrated alphabet book with, between the four plates, a didactic text for each image. Six engravings per plate with the initial in lower case, Ostrich to Woman, Giraffe [sic] to Marmot, Nest to Snake, Tiger to Zebra. The end of the book is decorated with two pages of two engravings on games: skating, hoop, hoof and dance on the rope [skipping rope]; followed by Arabic and Roman numerals, multiplication table and four texts in verse by Aubert and Vadé. The last one entitled Le Joueur de gobelets, "swindler, famous swindler". Only one copy referenced: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, from the collection of Iona and Peter Opie. Remarkable copy with minor wear and tear. Some foxing on the text pages opposite the colored plates and old restoration (with thread) on the last one. Handwritten notation on the back cover, "Ellen Long from Aunt Jane, April 1820."
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