Miscellanies, moral and instructive in prose and verse; collected from various authors, for the use of schools, and improvement of young persons of both sexes

Philadelphia: Joseph James, 1787. First edition, 12mo, pp. 202, [2](ads); original speckled calf, the occasional spotting, light rubbing to boards, upper joint just starting, very good. Printed endorsement by Benjamin Franklin at the end of Preface. With a number of ownership signatures on endpapers and preliminaries, the most prominent being that of Joseph Murdoch, who writes interlined with the title: "Joseph Murdoch his book Decem 12 1799 Midshipman in the Ganges belonging to the United States of America," followed on verso with a list of 24 names, some repeating, of various Murdochs and Whitalls. The Ganges was purchased by the US Navy in 1798 and was the first man-of-war to get to sea under the second organization of the Navy. A popular commonplace book of moral instruction for use in Pennsylvania Quaker schools, the proceeds from which went to endow a school for indigent girls. Milcah Martha Hill Moore (1740-1829) was a prominent Quaker and a habitual keeper of commonplace books, though Miscellanies was the only one published in her lifetime. Evans 20526. Item #54614

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