London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper…[et al.]. 1827. First edition of Pestalozzi's letters to James Pierrpont Greaves (1777-1842), his principle disciple in England, "credited with the founding of infant education in Britain" (Oxford DNB). Binding extremities lightly worn, title slightly browned, a little foxing here and there, inner margin of second leaf with small tears. A very good copy overall. Late nineteenth-century half roan, gilt spine. Octavo. xliv, 157, [1, blank], [2, ads with blank verso] pp. Item #16031
Pestalozzi's (1746-1827) theories of education, with their emphasis on the development of the whole child rather than rote training, transformed schooling in Switzerland and were widely read and admired. Before his death in 1827, he gave permission to the translator, a friend of Greaves, to "revise the manuscript with a view to its publication and make any alterations that might become necessary from the circumstances under which the letters had originally been written" (Preface).