12 June 2008
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[GERRY, Elbridge (1744-1814). Signer (Massachusetts). ROLLIN, Charles (1661-1741). The Method of Teaching and Studying Belles Lettres, or, An Introduction to Languages, Poetry, Rhetoric, History, Moral Philosophy, Physics, Etc., With Reflections on Taste; and Instructions with regard to the Eloquence of the Pit, the Bar, and the Stage. London: Hitch and Haws, 1758.
12o (6 5/8 x 3 7/8 in)., 392pp. Vol. 4 (only, of 4). (Margins of title browned). Contemporary speckled calf, gilt-ruled covers, gilt green morocco spine label (rubbed). Quarter tan morocco gilt protective slipcase.
ELBRIDGE GERRY'S COPY: with his bold ink signature ("E Gerry") on front free endpaper. The work spells out an important, and for its time very modern philosophy of liberal education in the vernacular. Gerry, a graduate of Harvard, assembled a large library in his residence, Elmwood House in Cambridge--previously the home of Governor Andrew Oliver--purchased by Gerry in 1787 and now owned by Harvard. Books from Gerry's library are rare.
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