First Edition of this Children’s Pocket Book on Morality
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. Moral Lectures, on the Following Subjects. Pride, Envy, Avarice, Anger, Hypocrisy, Charity, Generosity, Compassion, Ill- Humour, Good-Humour, Affectation, Truth, Falshood, Education, Industry, Wisdom, Indolence, Application, Beauty, Advice, Company, Splendor, Happiness, Friendship, Mankind, Credulity, Contempt, Modesty. By Solomon Winlove, Esq; Embellished with twenty-eight curious cuts. London: Printed for F. Newbery , 1769.
Probable first edition (earliest recorded edition). According to the British Library, Winlove is a pseudonym. Attributed to Goldsmith. Sixteenmo (4 7/16 x 2 7/8 inches; 110 x 72 mm).[4], [4, publisher’s ads], iv, 95, [1, blank] pp. With 28 woodcut engravings depicting moral qualities serve as chapter headpieces. With “A catalogue of pretty little books for children, sold by F. Newbery..."

Dutch floral paper over boards. Corners slightly bumped and boards lightly rubbed. A few tiny closed tears to blank fore-edge margin, never affecting text. Internally very clean. Overall an about fine copy.

“A collection of the most approved entertaining stories calculated for the instruction and amusement of all little masters and misses in the vast Empire.” (The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature: Volume 2, 1660-1800).

ESTC N61120.

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