1796. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1796.
12mo, viii, (iv), 155, (1, ad) pp. 6 engraved plates by William Blake. Early tree calf, backstrip plain with pairs of horizontal rules, joints a little worn, bookplate of William Gent. Wood, Devizes, 1797.
§ Second edition to contain William Blake’s characteristic illustrations, with all the plates in the final state. Each plate is signed by Blake as designer and engraver, not the case in the previous edition, but they are still dated 1791. This collection of didactic tales for youth, in part reinforcing the lessons of her first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, proved her most popular book, going through five editions by 1800. Windle, Bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft, A3d. Bentley, Blake Books, 514C. “Final and best states, showing Blake's finishing touches that fully realize his intentions for these plates, to which he added his signature on several plates not found in the two earlier states.” (Essick). Item #122876