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PENTON, Stephen]
New instructions to the guardian: shewing that the last remedy to prevent the ruin, advance the interest, and recover the honour of this nation is, I. A more serious and strict education of the nobility and gentry. II. To breed up all their younger sons to some calling and employment. III. More of them to Holy Orders. With a method of institution from three years of age, to twenty one.
London printed for Walter Kettilby, 1694. 12mo., (20) + 143 + (1)pp., including the initial imprimatur/advertisement leaf, bound in contemporary sheep, the sides with simple blind-ruled borders, raised bands, spine and corners worn. A very good copy, internally crisp and fine. First edition. In 1688 Penton had published The Guardian's Instructor, or the gentleman's romance written for the diversion and service of the gentry> (Wing P.1439), which deals with the bringing up of children at home, and with training at Oxford University. His New instructions> of 1694 continues the same theme, while emphasising also the educational routes into the learned professions. Penton's interest in the education and training of children is self-evident - he even published a Horn-Book (or A.B.C.) for children> - and was, it seems, an advocate of both sticks and carrots in the classroom. 'I would have the immoralities and negligence of youth punished severely; but as to their meer parts and natural abilities, all the kindness and encouragement in the world is but enough'. (p.72-73). Stephen Penton (1639-1706), a distinguished Anglican cleric, was sometime principal of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and latterly, a prebend of Ripon. [Attributes: First Edition]
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