Very Good. Item #5565
Philadelphia: William Spotswood, 1792. Octavo. 376 pages plus 59 unnumbered pages of a spelling dictionary, and 3 unnumbered pages of popular Christian names. Early American Edition [first published in 1790]. Full contemporary calf with black leather spine label and gilt decoration to spine. William Safire's bookplate affixed to front pastedown.
Letter writing manuals were popular at the time as a means of opening up social boundaries and navigating such socially fraught situations as writing to your nephew on the pernicious subject of drinking to excess (page 150), to your sister about visiting the Grand Vizier's harem in Turkey (page 81), or to a the Gentleman you are engaged to who you suspect of Infidelity (page 98).
Includes 3 pages of popular names of the time (Marmaduke, Peregrine, Drusilla), and 59 pages of a Compendious Spelling Dictionary.
Rubbed around edges with some light scuffing to boards. Corners are bumped and ever so slightly cracked. Cracked but holding at bottom of front joint. Some toning to pages. Sturdy in binding.