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[Moore, Mrs. Milcah Martha] [Early American Education]
Miscellanies, Moral and Instructive in Prose and Verse; Collected from Various Authors, for the use of Schools and Improvement of Young Persons of Both Sexes
Philadelphia: Joseph James, 1787. First edition. Contemporary speckled calf. Gentle shelfwear and rubbing with slight bow to bottom of front board; small crack to lower front hinge but in all tight and unsophisticated. Closed tear to front endpaper. Numerous ownership signatures to front and rear pastedowns, front and rear endpapers, title page, header of Preface, and header of first page of content. Ownership stamp to verso of title and verso of Preface. All ownership signatures from the Murdoch-Whithall family, including a handwritten family genealogy in a single contemporary hand to the rear of title. Most notable among the book's owners and users are Emma Murdoch, whose young hand appears several times on the front pastedown; and Joseph Murdoch, who notes on the title page that he acquired the book December 12th, 1799 and was "Midshipman in the Ganges belonging to the United States of America" as well as his note on the rear flyleaf stating "Joseph Murdoch his Book steal not this..." Complete, including publisher's adverts at rear. Scarce institutionally and in trade, the present is the only copy on the market of a title that last sold at auction almost two decades ago. In addition to being one of America's earliest educational works published for the use of both sexes, "Moore's book is the richest surviving body of evidence revealing the nature and substance of women's intellectual community in British America and the early Republic. The quality of the writing is high and reflects a range of literary genres, including religious and meditational poetry, elegies, verse e … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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