Petite Encyclopédie des jeunes gens:

Wanostrocht (Nicolas)

Petite Encyclopédie des jeunes gens:

ou définition abrégée des notions rélatives aux arts et aux sciences, à L'Astronomie, au Blason, à la Chronologie, à la Géographie, à L'Iconologie, à la Mythologie, à la Physique, et généralement à tout ce dont il est nécessaire et agréable d'avoir quelques Idées nettes et précises: Le tout range suivant l'ordre Alphabétique: Avec Figures.

Description: FIRST EDITION, with 16 engraved plates, and the final leaf bearing instructions 'To the Book-binder', scattered foxing, a little staining here and there, last leaf browned and a little fragile, pp. [xiv, including list of subscribers], 342, [1], 8vo, modern calf backed boards, sound

Publication Details: Imprimé, aux dépens de l'auteur, chez Galabin, et se vend chez J. Boosey, 1788

Notes: The rare first edition of this pocket encyclopedia for children. Nicolas Wanostrocht (1745–1812), had come to England in the 1770s, and 'was appointed tutor to the children of Henry Bathurst, second Earl Bathurst, at Cirencester Park. By 1795 he was financially able to found a school known as the Alfred House Academy in Camberwell ... He wrote a number of textbooks on French language, grammar, and syntax, mostly for children's use. ... The school itself was ahead of its time in encouraging the teaching of French rather than the classics and in its civilized approach to both discipline and le...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T132881, BL (bis), O, Smith College, Toronto PL)

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Price: £1,500

Subject: Childrens

Published Date: 1788

Stock Number: 55981

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