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A Vindication of Mr Lancaster's System of Education from the Aspersions of Professor Marsh, the Quarterly, British and Anti-Jacobin Reviews, &c., &c., by a Member of the Royal Institution.
London, Printed at the Royal Free Press, Borough Road, Southwark, by J. Lancaster, published by Longman [and others] 1812 - (4), 112pp tall 8vo, original blue paper boards uncut as issued, a fine copy. One copy of this edition listed in COPAC (no edition of the first edition of the same year). A rare and extensive defence of Lancaster's system of education, printed by Lancaster himself on his own press set up at the Borough Road School and run by his own pupils. Originally published as a series of 12 letters to an evening paper under the signature of ‘Pythias’, and now with a 16 page Appendix. The authorship by Joseph Fox is confirmed by McGarry in his: Joseph Lancaster, a Bibliographical Account of his Life and System of Teaching, 1966. Fox was Secretary of the Institution for promoting the British System for the Education of the Labouring and Manufacturing Classes of Society. He was an early and zealous supporter of Lancaster, a friend of Robert Owen (and an early share-holder in New Lanark) and a noted radical. With William Allen, he bailed Lancaster out of serious financial embarassment and with the co-operation of Whitbread and others, paid his debts and took over the responsibility of maintaining the model school. This group of philanthropists subsequently constituted for themselves a board of trustees which they called the Royal Lancasterian Society. The “Professor Marsh” cited in the title to the present work was Herbert Marsh (1757-1839), Lady Margaret Professor at Cambridge, who had published two pro-Bell tracts in 1811. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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