London: Printed for the Author...at the Literary-Press, 1791. First edition/ A cosmography for children that includes ample illustrations of human anatomy, fashion and customs across the globe, scenes of exploration and travel, and scientific concepts. With wood engravings and elaborate tailpieces throughout. Engravings attributed to John Bewick (Oxford DNB). Some wear to binding. Front hinge cracked but holding. Blue speckled edges. Nineteenth century bookplate of Frederick Sum, a historian of Bath and well-known book collector of his day, to front pastedown. Lacking half-title. A good, clean, and attractive copy. Nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Octavo. v, 264 pp. Item #17085
John Trusler (1735 – 1820) was a Church of England clergyman, author, publisher, and literary compiler who wrote on a wide range of topics including medicine, education, manners, theology, and travel. In 1765, Trusler founded his Literary Society as an alternative to the Royal Society, of which he disapproved. He established the Literary Press, an arm of the Literary Society, and began publishing his own work as well as that of Elizabeth Ryves, the controversial Elizabeth Steele, and others. Trusler is also credited with publishing The Difference Between Words Esteemed Synonymous (1766), the first thesaurus in the English language.
John Bewick also illustrated Trusler’s Proverbs Exemplified (1790).