1795 NEW YORK EDITION OF DANIEL DEFOE’S INSTRUCTOR TO PARENTS, CHILDREN, MASTERS, SERVANTS, HUSBANDS AND WIVES
[DEFOE, Daniel]. The Family Instructor In Three Parts Relating: I. Parents and Children. II Masters and Servants. III Husbands and Wives. An American Edition. New York: Evert Duyckink, 1795. Octavo, contemporary full tree calf, red morocco spine label. $650.
1795 American edition of Defoe’s guide to domesticity.
First published in 1715, Defoe’s anonymous treatise on family life was taken out of his hands during a bout of illness and published with a damning prefatory letter by the Rev. S. Wright. The second edition was printed by Defoe himself, with his own (still unsigned) introduction to the work. “The book became one of the most popular moral treatises of the century” (Moore 309). Evans 28550. Owner signatures (one to title page).
Closed tear to leaf 74-5. General foxing throughout. Some wear to calf. An extremely good copy.