The English Reader: or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, Selected from The Best Writers. Designed to assist young Persons to read with Propriety and Effect; to improve their Language and Sentiments; and to inculcate some of the most important Principles of Piety and Virtue. With a few Preliminary Observations on the Principles of Good Reading. Seventeenth Edition.

  • Murray, Lindley
  • York: Printed for Thomas Wilson and Sons. 1822


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12mo, pp. xxxvi, 372. Contemporary calf, spine divided by double gilt rules and lettered direct in gilt, edges sprinkled red. A little rubbed, front joint splitting but cords holding. Armorial bookplate of the Coultharts of Coulthart to pastedown.


Expatriate American Quaker Lindley Murray (1475-1826) settled in York in the 1780s and wrote a series of educational books with immediate success: The English Reader was first published in 1799, and by 1800 had been reprinted in London, New York, Philadelphia, and Dublin. This edition is scarce institutionally, with Library Hub recording York Minster only; Worldcat adds another 3, of which 2 are also in Yorkshire: York, Leeds, and far-flung New Brunswick.

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