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EXTRACTS ...
[Elegant extracts in prose. 1791]
Extracts, elegant, instructive, and entertaining, in prose; selected from the best modern authors, and disposed under proper heads: intended to assist in introducing young persons to an acquaintance with useful and ornamental knowledge.
London: printed for Messrs. Rivingtons, Longman, Law, Dodsley, Whites, Johnson, [and 18 others in London], 1791.
2 vols ; 23.5 cm. (8º)
I: xv, [9], 511, [1] p., engr. t.-pl.
II: 472 p., engr. t.-pl.

An anthology compiled by Vicesimus Knox, first published as Elegant extracts: or useful and entertaining passages in prose in 1783 (ODNB; the earliest edition recorded in ESTC is the "new edition" of 1784). The title-pages are engraved, that to vol. II reading 'Extracts, Elegant, Instructive, & Entertaining, in Prose, &c. Books Third, Fourth, & Fifth'. The drop-head title to each book reads 'Elegant Extracts, In Prose'. Knox was an educationist and writer whose popularity in his day was such that in Jane Austen's Emma (1816), Mr Martin is described as reading aloud to his family from Elegant extracts. His focus was on education for young and "middling" people, and he was an advocate of the education of women. Knox compiled two further anthologies, one of poetry (first edition 1789) and one of letters (first edition 1790). ESTC t142184.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title (vol. I.).

Binding Late C18th marbled calf, gilt-tooled spines, black morocco spine-labels. Bound as a set with the companion editions of Extracts ... in poetry (q.v.) and Epistles ... (q.v.).

Reference Number 348


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