The Instructor or Young Man's Best Companion

Language English
Publisher Silvester Doig
Place Edinburgh
Date 1810
Binding Printer's original boards
Size 7" x 4"
Pages 383pp
Product Code 51540
Condition Used


Fisher, George
In need of rebinding

Silvester Doig, Edinburgh, 1810. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 12mo. In publishers original grey card boards. The spine strip is missing and the gathering has split (3 parts). Publishers blank sheet at front and rear. Hand made paper with natural deckled edges.9 woodcuts, six of which are full page. The instructor: or, young man's best companion was a hugely successful title. The English Short Title catalogue has some sixty-six entries for versions of the work published in the British Isles between 1727, from when the earliest known edition dates, and 1800, when the catalogue ends. There were many more thereafter, the latest in the British Library dating from 1853. An American version of the book also had a long run, generally under the title The American Instructor: or, Young Man's Best Companion. The Instructor was ostensibly designed to prepare boys for business, it may also have served as a general text-book to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, geography and The business slant may have been added, in part at least, to show to boys, and perhaps their parents, why this kind of education could be valuable, in material as well as personal terms. On the other hand, the book was surely not meant to be read through from front to back, the lessons incrementally increasing in difficulty, as was the case with many school-books. The index at the front of the book suggests that the work was designed primarily as a reference book, to be taken up as occasion demanded. (Ref. The Hockliffe Project. Seller Inventory # 51540

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