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Pictures of English History, in Miniature.

MILLS (Alfred).

MILLS (Alfred).

Pictures of English History, in Miniature, Designed by Alfred Mills. With Descriptions.

96 engraved plates.

First Edition. Two volumes. 32mo. [67 x 55 x 31 mm]. [1]f, 96pp; [1]f, 96pp. Bound in the original pink printed boards (rebacked with pink paper, a little rubbed).
London: printed for Darton and Harvey, and J. Harris, 1809.

Darton, The Dartons, G.652.

Republished in 1811, 1815 and 1824, the British Library Catalogue does not record a copy of this first edition. The text was probably written by Priscilla Wakefield. The plate opposite p.40 in vol.1 has a paper fault at the fore-edge, but the image is unaffected. Occasional light spotting or soiling, but a very good copy.

In his "Address to mothers" in Early Lessons Richard Lovell Edgeworth commends "some tiny volumes, under the name of Alfred Miles [sic], "Pictures of English, and of Roman, and Grecian history".

The miniature prints in these are far superior to what are usually met with in such books; and the language, and selection of the facts,... are, in general, excellent". In a footnote he points to "an odd omission" in the History of England, "which omits the life, and records only the death of Charles the First". Mills's Pictures of Roman History was also published in 1809 and Grecian History in 1810.

Early pencil signature of Mary Womersley of "Haunslow" on the recto of the first plate in vol.2.

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