Lot 40WEBSTER, NOAH
A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings. On Moral, Historical, Political and Literary Subjects. Boston: For the author by I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1790. First edition. Full contemporary calf. 8 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches (21.7 x 13 cm); xvi, 414 pp.; errata. Quite worn with losses to extremities, upper cover weak, scrapes and gouges to boards, name excised from detached front free endpaper, foxing (heavy at times); Together with A Philosophical and Practical Grammar of the English Language. New-Haven: Oliver Steele & Co. for Brisban & Brannan, 1807. First edition. Full contemporary calf. Quite worn and rubbed, foxing, 19th-century ownership inscription to scraped front pastedown.
For Essays: "Early example of phonetic spelling" (Howes). Evans 23053; Howes W203; Sabin 102344. For Grammar: Webster wrote to a friend of this work in 1829, "My 'Philosophical and Practical Grammar' has been but little used: but, except for my quarto Dictionary, I consider it as altogether the most valuable work I have ever published." Sabin 102375; Skeel 433.
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