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ALKEN, HENRY - Tutor's Assistant

Title: Tutor's Assistant
Description: London: Thos. Mc.Lean, 1823. The Wilmerding Copy Scarce English Grammar Tutorial Satirically Illustrated With Examples from Life for E-Z Learning ALKEN, Henry. Tutors Assistant, containing a Variety of Amusing Scenes. London: Thos. McLean, 1823. First edition. Oblong folio (10 1/4 x 14 in; 260 x 354 mm). Six hand-colored soft-ground etchings all with multiple images. Plates watermarked 1823. Image size: 8 3/8 x 10 5/8 in; 211 x 270 mm. Publisher's original printed wrappers with loose plates laid-in as issued. Wrapper joints beginning to split but intact. Neat 19th century ownership label to upper wrapper at top margin. With the bookplate of Lucius Wilmerding. An excellent copy, housed in a gilt-lettered brown cloth portfolio. Scarce; only four copies have come to auction within the last thirty-six years, only one of which was in the original wrappers, as here. OCLC/KVK record only five copies in library holdings worldwide. The Plates: 1. A Dipthong is the meeting of Two Vowels U and I perhaps &c. 2. Letters are divided into Vowels and Consonants &c. 3. The feminine gender Signifies Animals of the female kind &c. 4. The Glittering Prospect charms my eyes &c. 5. A Verb Neuter expresses neither action nor passion &c. 6. Imperative Mood, or do you die &c. Lucius Wilmerding (1880-1949), born in NYC, graduated Harvard in 1901 and then began an extremely successful career as a stock broker on Wall Street. In 1930 he became a trustee of the New York Public Library. He was Vice-President of the American Library in Paris, a trustee and one-time president of the Grolier Club, a member of the Club of Odd Volumes and the American Antiquarian society. "Mr. Wilmerding early became a collector, and in later years specialized in English and French literature, colored plate books, and historical bindings" (Obituary, American Antiquarian Society, October 1949). Tooley 59. .

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Price: US$ 2500.00 Seller: David Brass Rare Books (ABAA/ILAB)
- Book number: 02537


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