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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Family instructor. Vol. 1. 1725]
The family instructor, in three parts; I. Relating to fathers and children. II. To masters and servants. III. To husbands and wives. The tenth edition. Corrected by the author.
London: printed for N.L. and sold by J. Batley, 1725.
[6], 18, 17--385, [1] p. ; 16.5 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. First published in 1715. A second volume in two parts, was first published in 1718 (2nd ed. 1720, q.v.). This was the first of a series of conduct or practical divinity books by Defoe, published anonymously owing to Defoe's somewhat tarnished reputation as a hack writer. Written in the traditional form of dialogues, the work was innovative for being addressed to an adult rather than a youthful audience, and for the development of plot and character in the dialogues. Page numbers 17--18 are duplicated in the pagination but register and text are continuous. ESTC n48871; Furbank and Owens 169; Moore 309.

Copy Notes The Soane copy of the two volumes is a made-up set consisting of vol. I in this edition and vol. II in the 1720 edition (q.v.). Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Family Instructor Vol. I.'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 848


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