London: Sherwood and Co., 1836. First edition. Published for only about 120 subscribers. The last 18 pages comprise a collection of twelve poems by Peile, an Ann Kendall, and an M.A. Cassell, “once a pupil of Mrs. Peile. Cloth very lightly soiled. Pale yellow endpapers (lacking front flyleaf). 1938 ink ownership signature to preliminary blank. Some foxing throughout. Light dampstaining at top edge of the last twenty or so pages. Still a very good, tight copy of this scarce mnemonic aid. Original blue-green grained cloth with gilt title. Twelvemo. . ix, 107, 18 pp. Item #16899
The present mnemonic aid consists of sentences listing three to twelve items organized around the same theme: for example, “Seven principal forms of roots; viz. fibrous, creeping, spindle shaped…” (p. 60) and “Four types of evidence, viz: evidence of sense, evidence of intuition, evidence of reason, and evidence of faith,” (p. 26). The lists comprise geographical locations, royals and other historical figures, classical mythology, Biblical events, and scientific principles in fields including mineralogy, meteorology, botany, entomology, and chemistry. Some lists are quite lengthy, including “Eight kings of England, named Henry,” which gives a four-page history of the royal lineage rather than just listing the names of the kings (pp. 69-73).
The poems at the end of the work include “Woman,” which was written by Peile and presents a defense of the strength, character, and social importance of women. OCLC records two copies (British Library and Yale). JISC (COPAC) adds a copy at Oxford.