[PHILPOT, Stephen]. An Essay on the Advantage of a Polite Education joined with a Learned One. London: for the Author, sold by W. Russell, 1747. 8° (196 x 122mm). Collation: a-b, B-P4 Q2. Dedication to the Duchess of Somerset. Original red morocco gilt, covers with wide decorative borders of rolls, fillets and small tools, surrounding a central lozenge composed from massed small tools, spine in six compartments with raised bands, blue morocco lettering-piece in one, the others with repeat decoration of various small tools, gilt edges (very slight fading to spine).
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, possibly a presentation copy. Philpot was dancing master to, amongst others, Frances and Charlotte, daughters of Charles, 6th Duke of Somerset. This appears to have been his only published work and includes sections on 'The Disadvantage of not giving Children a good Education -- As fatal to the Fair Sex as to Men... The Neglect of Parents in not inspecting into their Children's Education... Awkwardness to be corrected in Children before they learn the Steps of Dancing', and ending with 'A Dissertation on the regulation of the Art of Dancing'.
Thomas SLACK (publisher). Mother Chit-Chat's New-Year Gift: or, Master and Miss's Entertaining Companion... Addressed to all the little Gentry in and about Newcastle. Newcastle: for Tho. Slack, 1767. 12° (118 x 74mm). Original patterned floral boards (joints weak, backstrip chipped). (2)