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Geography and Travel. 1037: Sir Richard Phillips, A Grammar of General Geography

Author: Phillips, Sir Richard
Title: 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
Cat. Number: 1037
Date: 1819
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: London
Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row; and to be had of all booksellers in town and country
Price: 3s 6d bound
Pages: 1 vol., 189pp.
Size: 14 x 8.5 cm
Illustrations: Fold-out maps, coloured, and a few small cuts. The frontispiece is a moveable globe (i.e. a circle) with place names on it which can be adjusted to show relative times in various places.

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Page 003 of item 1037

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.

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.