Universal Stenography

Mavor (William Fordyce)

Universal Stenography

or a new complete system of short writing: Rendered perfectly easy to read & write; freed from all prolixity and obscurity; adapted to every purpose in which short writing is useful or ornamental and attainable in a few hours by the most common capacity: Being an improvement on the most celebrated systems that have been exhibited to the public for above a century past and superior to all in ease, elegance and expedition. Designed for the use of schools & private gentlemen. Second edition.

Description: with an engraved title, and 8 engraved plates, 1 folding, a few spots, some damp-staining, pp. 61 (including engraved title), 8vo, contemporary half red roan , extremities slightly worn

Publication Details: Printed by J. Harrison & Co., [c. 1785]

Notes: The first edition of this title had appeared in ?1780 (NLS only in ESTC), preceeded by the ghostly A Concise System, Cirencester, 1778 (recorded by Alston, but no copy located, and not in ESTC). The author is described on the title as Master of Woodstock School: plans for this school were already afoot in 1781. Mavor's first teaching post was at Burford (1775–82), when he was 'already making contacts at Oxford - with the Balliol Scots, and the Jacobites and high tories at the King's Arms'. Mavor was from Aberdeenshire, and his family was 'out' in the '45. This edition is dedicated to John Sm...more

Bibliography: (Alston, viii 257; ESTC T76259)

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Price: £200

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: [c. 1785]

Stock Number: 66389

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