The Gentleman And Lady’s Key To Polite-literature; Or A Compendious Dictionary Of Fabulous History:
Printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church Yard.
Containing the characters, and principal actions, ascribed to the heathen gods, goddesses, heroes, etc. and the manner in which the ancients represented the deities and heroes, virtues and vices, in their paintings, statues and gems; together with some account of their poets, and references to the principal places mentioned in their works. intended for the assistance of those who would understand mythology, poetry, painting, statuary, and theatrical entertainments; and particularly adapted to the use of latin and french-schools.
FIRST EDITION. FIRST ISSUE. 12mo. 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Unpaginated.  leaves Bound in original calf with gilt dentelles; spine recently rebacked, in compartments with handwritten titles. Some age related wear to extremities and scattered foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by engraved frontispiece and title page. Decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes. An attractive little dictionary primarily intended for the use of children. Its subject content is largely concerned with the classical world, but it also contains geographical entries. Published by the bookseller, John Newbery (1713-67); coming from east Berkshire, he first established his business in Reading in 1740, but moved to London in 1743. He soon started to publish children's literature, being a pioneer in the successful marketing of this genre, which eventually formed about a fifth of his output. (ESTC N7922; Roscoe J145 (1)).
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