Oct 24, 2019 - Sale 2521

Sale 2521 - Lot 48

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 500
[DAY, THOMAS.] The History of Sandford and Merton. A Work intended for the Use of Children. 3 engraved frontispieces. 281, [5]; 306, [4]; 308, [4] pages. 3 volumes. 12mo, 171x102 mm, contemporary sheep, spines worn, Volume 3 front joint cracked, cords intact; occasional toning of text, offsetting from frontispieces onto titles. Contemporary signatures of Ann Hagen; modern bookplates. London: J. Stockdale, 1786-86-89

Additional Details

Mixed set of a popular collection of moralistic stories about the title characters: third edition of the first volume, first edition of the second and third. "Virtue, repeatedly and tediously described to young Harry Sandford and Tommy Merton by the clergyman-tutor Mr. Barlow, leads to happiness as inevitably as sin leads to catastrophe . . . Although its dense, didactic prose is quite unreadable today, Sandford and Merton had a very great influence in its time"--PML/Early Children's Books 121.