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The beauties of penmanship : illustrated in a variety of examples, designed to promote emulation in this most valuable art / by R. Langford. Writing master, accomptant and teacher of the mathematics; Master of the Academy, Haydon Square, Minories; Ashby sculpsit.
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Engraved throughout. Plate 1: Published for the author as the Act directs Sept 1st 1797 -- Plate 2 undated -- Plate 3: Republished as the Act directs Sept. 1st 1797 -- Plate 4: Republished Sept 1st 1797 -- Plate 5: Republished as the Act directs Sept. 1st 1797 -- Plate 6: Republished as the Act directs Sept. 1st 1797 -- Plate 7: Republished September 1st 1797 -- Plate 8: Republished September 1st 1797 -- Plate 9: Published as the Act directs 20th June 1785 -- Published as the Act directs 1st September 1797 -- Plate 11: Published as the Act directs 20th June 1785 -- Plate 12: Published as the Act directs 20th June 1785.
Most plates identified as engraved by H. Ashby, or simply Ashby, but plate 6 engraved by 'Vincent'.
Plate 1,2, 6, 9 and 12 of this collation were first published in 1785 and plates 9 and 12 are dated June 1785 but renumbered. Plate [14] is unnumbered and dated June 1st 1787.
ESTC; t142015
Provenance: The Jones-Robberds collection: comprised of a number of manuscripts, printed items, and miscellaneous material that formerly belonged to the Jones and Robberds families. The collection begins with objects belonging to John Jones (1790-1853) and Sarah Jones [nee Jones] (1796-1889) who migrated from London to Sydney in 1839 with their young children Sarah Ann, Harriett, and John Russell in the ship 'Sesostris'. John's older brother had come to Australia earlier and later became wealthy as the founder of Sydney's most famous retail establishment - the David Jones department store.
Sepr. 1st 1797.
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London : Published for the author, sold by Messrs. Grosvenor & Chater, no.11 Cornhill
14 leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 x 34 cm.
Richard Langford was a schoolmaster, born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, in 1759, but for many years Master of the Haydon Square Academy in the Minories, London. He published a first edition of 'The beauties of penmanship' in June 1785 when he a writing
master etc at no 83 Holborn Bridge London. His January 1797 edition included 6 plates from the 1785 edition plus 6 new plates and two unnumbered plates. One of the unnumbered plates was first published in Langford's copybook 'A Complete set of rules and examples for writing with accuracy & freedom', published on 1 June 1787, by which time Langford was Master of the Haydon Square Academy. In 1793 he published a four-page copybook of flourished capitals under the title 'Struck'. Langford's engraved business card, printed in 1787, announced that" “Youth are expeditiously taught the English, Latin and French Languages, Writing, Arithmetic, Merchants Accompts, Geography, Algebra, Geometry, Surveying as well as Drawing and Dancing” [ref: Ambrose Heal 'The English Writing-masters and their Copy-books 1570-1800', Cambridge University Press, 1931]. In 1809 Langford published 'An introduction to trade and business' and a manual of 'Merchant's accounts or book-keeping according to the Italian method of double entry.'
Langford retired from the Haydon Square Academy around 1818 and his death on 16 January 1822 at Droitwich, 'in his 63rd year'. was reported in the Gentleman's Magazine, February 1822 p.188. [MM, August 2018]
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FRB 745.61 LAN