Universal History, Ancient and Modern; in a Series of Letters to a Youth at School. Exhibiting a view of the Origin, Progress, Decline, and Fall, of every considerable State, from the earliest Times to the present Period. With a copious Chronological Table of Remarkable Events and Occurrences, from the Creation to the Year 1787.

  • Turner, Richard
  • London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson 1787
  • ESTC T119467.


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. viii, 292. Contemporary sprinkled sheep. A bit of minor spotting. Rebacked in darker calf, black label to spine, old leather a touch worn at corners and somewhat darkened and chipped along the line of repair. Early ink annotations to endpapers and a couple of pages of text, ownership inscription of A.M. Brown to title-page.


The rare first edition of this schoolbook by the schoolmaster Richard Turner (1753-1788), headmaster of the Royal Grammar School in Worcester. He published half a dozen schoolbooks, almost all of which saw many more editions after his death - this one was even translated into Italian in the 1790s. This first edition is recorded by ESTC in only 2 copies in the UK (BL and National Trust) plus three in the USA (Harvard, LoC, and UCLA). The notes on the endpapers in this copy include facts taken from other works by Turner as well as lists of other publications (a reading list?).

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