Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations, Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and form the Mind to Truth and Goodness. A New Edition.

London: J. Johnson, 1791. 12mo, xii, 177, (3, advertisements) pages, with the 6 plates by William Blake after his own designs; these are good impressions. Bound in rather worn calf with some loss to upper rear spine and wear to corners. 1.5 cm strip neatly cut from across top of title but with no loss of text. Small mild damp patch to side of frontispiece (design unaffected) and title page, also affecting next few pp.to a decreasing extent. There is also a small paper adhesion to the 2nd plate from the opposite text page. First edition to contain William Blake’s characteristic illustrations, reminiscent in iconography to his designs for his own Songs of Innocence (1789). This copy has all the plates in the second, and much improved, state. This collection of didactic tales for youth, in part reinforcing the lessons of Wollstonecraft’s first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, proved her most popular book, going through five editions by 1800. Windle, Bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft, A3b. Bentley, BB, 514A. Easson and Essick, vol. I, no. III. (Item Id: 108745)

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