The Ladies Charity School-house Roll of Highgate: or A Subscription of many Noble, well-disposed Ladies for the easie carrying of it on [fly-title].
[London, 1670]. 8vo, 292, (1) pp. with 4 engraved plates at the front. Original black morocco with simple gilt decorated panels of ornaments on the covers, a fine copy. First edition. A famous example of a publication for charity. Several copies were bound for presentation in an elaborate fashion, with individual presentation gilt stamps on the covers (See Mirjam Foot, "The Charity School Binder," The Book Collector, Spring, 1983). William Blake (not the poet) was the founder and keeper of the Ladies Charity School, a boarding house school for homeless or destitute children which was entirely dependent on charitable contributions. Here Blake thanks his patrons and appeals to other ladies for charity. The second part of the text, Silver Drops, or Serious Things, is a treatise by Blake on charity. Wing B-3152. Description in part from the Brick Row Book Shop copy in a presentation binding.
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