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Sale 2521 Lot 48
[DAY, THOMAS.] The History of Sandford and Merton. A Work intended for the Use of Children. 3 engraved frontispieces. 281, ; 306, ; 308,  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
Estimate $300 - 500
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.