A famous school-book, and legendarily rare. This edition unrecorded. "I profess to teach thee, that art utterly ignorant, to read perfectly, to write truely, and with judgement to understand the reason of our English-tongue with great expedition, ease and pleasure. " Small 4to, pp. , 88; 18th century vellum-backed marbled boards, manuscript title on spine; mild dampstain in the top third of the first several leaves, otherwise an excellent copy. Edmunde Coote was born in Essex, and became master of King Edward's VI Free School, Bury St. Edmunds, in 1596. This was the same year he published The English Schoole-Maister which was reprinted no less than 65 times, up until 1737. "Its determinedly logical and straightforward approach to the teaching of the English language [endeared] the work to generations of pedagogues and their pupils. Coote's claim on the title page that "he which hath this booke onely, needeth to buy no other to make him fit, from his letters unto the Grammar-schoole, for an apprentise, or any other his private use, so farre as concerneth English" and his subsequent insistance that the work was aimed "not onely for children" displays a broader educational vision to inculcate a keener awareness of their native tongue in Britons of all ages and most educational backgrounds" (Macclesfield, 3929). Nor were Coote's lexicographical skills inconsiderable. At the back of the book is a 20-page double column glossary of English words, most, but not all, with brief definitions. A number of words in Coote's index antedate the earliest OED citations. This edition is unrecorded, and all editions are certifiably rare. Of the 65-odd editions known, only 35 are recorded by Alston; and STC and Wing collectively locate only 27 editions. None of those located by Alston, STC, or Wing are present in more than three locations, and for the most part they are known by single copies only -- and many of these defective. Not in STC, Alston, OCLC, ESTC, or COPAC. Michael, Early Textbooks of English, no. 2 (citing the first edition). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The English schoole-master: teaching all his...
Publisher: printed for the Company of Stationers
Publication Date: 1633
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