Geografia de Fanciulli by LENGLET DU FRESNOY, Pierre Nicolas de…

LENGLET DU FRESNOY, Pierre Nicolas de (1674-1755).

Geografia de Fanciulli ovvero metodo breve di geografia. Accomodato alla capacità de’ Giovenetti. Diviso in Lezioni, con la Lista delle Carte necessarie per istudiarla. Dal Sig. AB. Lenglet Dufresnoe Nona Edizione Tradotta dal Francese, nuovamente ricorretta, ed accresciunta de’ nomi de’ Sovrani, di loro elezione, dei cangiamenti di Dominio successi in Europa fino al 1783, che non erano nelle precedenti, e che facilitano lo studio, e l’uso di questa Scienza. Aggiuntovi un breve Compendio della Sfera. Florence, stamperia Bonducciana, 1783.

8vo (178 x 125 mm), engraved frontispiece, unsigned, and pp. [ii], 164, scattered stains and foxing in the text, uncut throughout, in the original carta rustica, covers a little dusty with small ink stains, spine lettered by hand in ink.

A scarce Italian edition of this well-known guide to geography for young people, translated from the French and first published as Méthode pour étudier la géographie, Paris 1716. The address to the reader explains the educational structure of the work, which is designed so that even those children with weaker memories should be able to learn the contents of a chapter in half an hour. Organised by country and area - with the largest number of pages devoted to the principalities and republics of Italy - the work is presented in a series of questions and answers about the key characteristics of each place. In this manner the student is presented with information on the major cities, the rivers, mountains, islands, population, religion, monarchy and system of government of each state in turn. Instructions are also given to the student as to the best means of learning and the value of revisiting sections previously covered. A simple system of learning for six days and revising on the seventh is recommended: ‘queste sei lezioni debbono fare una settimana, e il settimo giorno egli è espediente il far ripetere le sei lezioni precedenti’.
A popular school book in Italy - here described on the title page as the ‘ninth’ edition - this appears to be the only Florentine edition. Despite the odd stain, this is an attractive copy in original condition, uncut in its ‘carta rustica’ binding.

See Cioranescu 39211; no copies of this edition listed in OCLC.

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