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Barclay, Rachel
Select Pieces of Poetry Intended to Promote Piety and Virtue in the Minds of Young People (Family Presentation Copy)
London: James Phillips, 1795. First edition. Contemporary calf rebacked to style with morocco and gilt label to spine; boards ruled in gilt. Measuring approximately 150 x 95mm. Bookplate of J.O. Edwards to front pastedown. Thumb soiling to the outer margin of pages 82-89 not affecting text, and a bit of offsetting to terminal leaves, else clean and unmarked. Collating [2], [i-iii], iv-v, [2], vi-viii, 168: complete, including half title. A family presentation copy, the present bears the gift inscription of Rachel Barclay's widower, the banker David Barclay, to the front endpaper; above it is the ownership signature of his niece, the recipient, Susanna Barclay Hanbury of Coggleshall. Held by 14 institutions worldwide according to ESTC, no others report a family association. Scarce in trade as well, it does not appear in the modern auction record and is the only copy on the market. Born and wed into privilege, as the daughter of the industrialist Sampson Lloyd and wife of Barclay's Bank founder David Barclay, the editor of the present was aware of the value of an education. Not only could it lead to intellectual growth, but to ethical improvement as well. To that end, she drew together a selection of poetry that she hoped would shape the young into better adults. Published posthumously, under the direction of her husband, the preface explains that "the worthy person, who selected the Pieces that fill the following sheets, frequently regretted that young people, and especially those of her own sex...should be debarred from the privilege of filling up a leisure hour, with pleas … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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