A BOOK EXPLAINING The RANKS And DIGNITIES Of BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended Chiefly for the Instruction of Young Persons. With Twenty-four Coloured Engravings. Dedicated (by permission) to Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth. Charles. 1775 - 1834 Lamb.
A BOOK EXPLAINING The RANKS And DIGNITIES Of BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended Chiefly for the Instruction of Young Persons. With Twenty-four Coloured Engravings. Dedicated (by permission) to Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth.
A BOOK EXPLAINING The RANKS And DIGNITIES Of BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended Chiefly for the Instruction of Young Persons. With Twenty-four Coloured Engravings. Dedicated (by permission) to Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth.

A BOOK EXPLAINING The RANKS And DIGNITIES Of BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended Chiefly for the Instruction of Young Persons. With Twenty-four Coloured Engravings. Dedicated (by permission) to Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth.

London: Printed for Tabart and Co. at the Juvenile and School Library ... 1809. 2nd ediiton (Gumuchian 3594). 1st published in 1805. [4], 136, [4] pp. Penultimate leaf - "List of Plates"; last leaf - publisher's adverts, "Superior Elementary Books", published by Richard Phillips. 24 hand-coloured, tipped-in plates. However, contrary to the List of Plates, there is no "Knight",nor sign that it was ever present; instead, there are two different plates of "Court Dresses" (a Gentleman & a Lady), while the List specifies but one. An OCLC entry notes: "UCLA copy has no plate for A Knight; has two different plates for Court Dresses", which leads us to suspect that this 2nd edition was perhaps issued by Tabart without the Knight, as well as those issued without the second Court Dresses plate (cf. Gumuchian 3594). 12mo: [A]^2 B - M^6 N^4. 6" x 3-7/8". Early, but not original, black leather binding over grey paper-wrapped boards. Binding with wear, showing board at edges. Some browning to the frontispiece and title-page, bump and closed tear to the fore-edges of the first 7 leaves; some dust-soiling to the edges of the text block, scattered light spotting and toning and occasional small stains, a few short edge-tears; the front (blank) endpaper has been removed and a couple of page-gatherings are just starting to loosen a bit. Still, withal, a servicable About VG copy. Item #37768

A charmingly illustrated children's book delineating the hierarchy of the nobility, clergy, army, navy, government & professions; with their history & origins, forms of address, order of precedence, honors, with their coronets & coronation robes described, etc.

Issued anonymously but today known to have been authored by Charles Lamb (cf. Gumuchian 3593).

Occasionally at auction these last 30+ years, though not since 2003 [per ABPC]. Scarce in the trade.

Price: $600.00

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