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ROE, Richard. (Or Richard Ransom).
THE INVITED ALPHABET; or, Address of A to B; containing his Friendly Proposal for the Amusement and Instruction of Good Children. By R. R.
London B. Tabart and Co. FIRST EDITION 1809, 12mo, approximately 135 x 120 mm, 5½ x 4¾ inches, 25 charming hand-coloured engraved plates with text above and 1 engraved plate showing the letters, each in a tiny square frame, text above, pages: 1-11, (1 - blank), (26) plates, printed 1 side only, 64 pages in total, in the original publisher's buff thin card wraps, upper cover repeating title page, lower cover advertising 2 Richard Roe works: The Assembled Alphabet and Infantine Erudition. At foot of first plate: "The whole designed by R. R. and engraved by Charles Knight". "The elegant and picturesque plates show children demonstrating the deaf-and-dumb language letter by letter, surrounded by labels containing the letters, great and small, in Roman, Italic, Old English, German writing styles. The author's note says that his design is to lure children 'to the vestibule of learning'" (Moon). Covers darkened, slightly chipped at fore-edge and corners, now expertly restored, early restitching through covers next to spine (see image), tiny chips to head and tail of spine, top and lower corners of title page, lower corner of text pages and of first 2 and final plate trimmed off, no loss to text or image, 2 small closed tears to title page fore-edge, another very small to fore-edge of plate E, all neatly repaired, plate for W very lightly creased, 1 tissue guard missing, 9 torn or with pieces missing, occasional tiny pale spot, contents otherwise very nice. A good copy of an uncommon early children's alphabet complete with the original wrappers. Moon, Tabart, No. 141; Gumuchian No. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A. [Oxford, United Kingdom]

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