Geography and Travel. 1038: Sir Richard Phillips, A Grammar of General Geography
||Phillips, Sir Richard
||A grammar of general geography for the use of schools and young persons intended as a companion and introduction to the 'Popular Illustrations of Geography' with maps and cuts. A new edition corrected and improved by the Rev. J. Goldsmith and revised by Hugh Murray, Esq., author of the 'Encyclopaedia of Geography'
||No date but c.1830?
||Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown
||1 vol., 230pp.
||15 x 9 cm
||A later edition of 1037
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This is the geography text book at its most professional. The author was Sir Richard Phillips, a radical politician as well as a book-seller and collaborator with Benjamin Tabart. The Rev. J. Goldsmith was a pseudonym, frequently used by Phillips, as presumably, was the supposed reviser of the work, 'Hugh Murray'.
Phillips was in no doubt about how this volume was to be used: 'The proper mode of using this little book to advantage will ... be to direct the pupil to commit the whole of the facts to memory, at the rate of one, two, or three, per day, according to age and capacity; taking care, at the end of each section, to make him repeat the whole of what he has before learnt.' (p.iv) What follows this preface is the standard array of facts and opinions about the countries of the world, then geographical and astronomical definitions and questions, which are familiar from the majority of eighteenth-century geographical text-books.