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The British System of Education: being a Complete Epitome of the Improvements and Inventions Practised at the Borough Free Schools, Borough Road, Southwark.
London, Lancaster [the author] at the Royal Free School, Borough Road, Southwark. 1810 - woodcut frontispiece, 5 wood-engraved plates (one of which extending), xviiipp + 56pp., 8vo, an excellent copy in contemporary calf gilt, red leather label, rebacked, spine gilt. A rare and key text by Lancaster who published the work from his own press at his School. This is one of the major descriptions of the monitorial system in action by this extraordinary pioneer of education for the poor. PROVENANCE: The Duke of Cambridge. Lancaster saw that the rich were the key to the problems of the poor and the patronage of the nobility as vital to his success - as the following letter to David Holt written in 1813 amply demonstrates: "Kenington Palace / 23rd of 3rd mon[th -i.e. March], 1813. / My dear Friend. / I have this day been with the Dukes of Kent & Sussex and introduced fully the nature of their subscription for me. /They will not only honour me with their names but introduce the subject regularly by note or personal application to a number of the nobility and then will have the pleasure of seeing them delighted to second my Friendship & support. / They absolutely fell for me like brothers & the Duke of Sussex whose heart is always open to pity & sympathy joined his brother in the feeling flow of friendship and spoke in the highest terms of thee. Indeed my whole dependence under providence is now on they friendship, for there is no doubt it will be well seconded. The dukes take such an interest as will do them perpetual honour. It was always hard work to open my heart to them but I get over the deficiency better than I expected. I could not repress the gushing tear and when I apologised the Duke of Sussex says never mind it will relieve you I shall be glad to see it do you good. I would have thee now write to the Duke of Kent. The two dukes are about to speak to the dukes of Gloucester, Bedford, Northumberland, Norfolk, Leicester, Beverleigh & Grafton - they expect many other nobles to second them and indeed nothing can promise better. / In the interim I remain / Thy obliged & affectionate friend / Jos. Lancaster." [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: C R Johnson Rare Book Collections (PBFA)]
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