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Book Description

‘Learning the Globes’ had been become a necessary part of Georgian education and although it allowed an understanding of how ‘To find those Places where any particular Day is of a certain length’ or ‘To find the Moon’s place on the Globe for any Day and Hour’ its usefulness diminished as the subject of geography developed during the nineteenth century education. Truthfully the omission from the curriculum was in time something in the nature of a reform. The author of the present work, Richard Theodore Linnington (1787-1859), was brought up in Greenwich and clearly a pupil of the dedicatee the Rev. John Potticary at Blackheath who ran St Piran’s school at Eliot Place there. Another pupil at the time was one Benjamin Disraei. Linnington began his own school about 1810 at 8 Upper fountain Place, off City Road, London, consisting of eight rooms he advertised the school being suitable for the instruction children of ‘small genteel family’. There he gave ‘instruction in the Classics, the use of the Globes, Elocution, &c.; and preparing Gentlemen for the Universities, and Ladies and Gentlemen to become Teachers in Schools. The school passed into other hands with Linnington eventually retiring to Bath, where he died in 1859. The subscription list appended to this volume is interesting for being almost exclusively of teachers, 160 subscribers, bar four or five, are listed with their schools or academy in the London area. Potticary took twelve copies for instructing his own pupils including Disraeli who was a student of Potticary at this period The success probably gave Linnington confidence to acknowledge the work when it was published in a new edition in 1819. Other works followed during the 1830’s including The Scientific Reader and Practical Elocutionist; A Compendium of Astronomy; and The Rhetorical Speaker and Poetical Class Book. The ‘Third’ but actually the fourth and last edition of A Companion to the Globes came out in 1830, apparently Linnington decided not to count in this trepidatious 1817 edition as the first.
Dealer Notes
OCLC records one copy only, at the BL.
Author [LINNINGTON, Richard Theodore].
Date 1817
Binding original mottled sheep, spine ruled in gilt.
Publisher London: Printed for Law and Whittaker, Ave-Maria Lane, by J. Whiting, Lombard Street.
Condition FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. xxiii, [i] blank, 192, [2];

Price: £385.00

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