SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALKEN, Henry.
Tutor's Assistant.

A scarce English grammar tutorial satirically illustrated with examples from life for easy learning.

London: Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, 1823.
Tooley 59.
London: Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, 1823.

Reproductions in facsimile of the first editions from the unique copies in the Malone Collection in the Bodleian Library with introductions and bibliography by Sidney Lee. FIRST EDITION. Landscape folio. Six hand-coloured plates. Bound by Bayntun in half red levant morocco ruled in gilt over red cloth boards. Red morocco gilt lettered label to front cover. Spine ruled in gilt and blind and decoratively tooled in gilt and blind compartments. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Damp stains to lower edge of covers. Minimal damp stains to lower blank margins of plates not affecting images. From the library of Brent Gration-Maxfield with his penciled notes on front free endpaper. An excellent copy. RARE. Coloured plates in order: 1. (4 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'A Diphthong is the meeting of two Vowels: U & I perhaps.' 2. (3 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'The feminine gender signifies Animals of the female kind.' 3. (5 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'A Verb Neuter: Expresses neither action nor passion.' 4. (4 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'Imperative Mood or: do you Die / Die you.' 5. (6 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'Letters are divided into Vowels & Consonants.' 6. (3 vignette scenes) Beginning: 'The Glittering prospect before my eyes.'