Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations, Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and form the Mind to Truth and Goodness. A New Edition.
London: printed for J. Johnson, 1791. 12mo, xii, 177, (3, advertisements) pages, with 6 plates by William Blake after his own designs, and an extra plate bound in at the front (not by Blake). Modern polished tree calf, gilt backstrip, red label, in very good condition. Some plates have offset onto the facing page as usual. First edition to contain William Blakes 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, and an extra plate at the front thought to be by Blake (but not). This collection of didactic tales for youth, in part reinforcing the lessons of Wollstonecrafts 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, Blake Books, 514A. Easson and Essick, vol. I, no. III.
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