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Fine Art Sale December 2008

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Harris, Benjamin, The Protestant Tutor, Instructing children to spel and read English, and grounding them in the true Protestant religion, and discovering the errors and deceits of the papists, frontispiece engraved with The Burning of London by the Papists, Murdering Kings, Gunpowder Treason, Cruelty and Popery, printed for Ben. Harris at the Stationers Arms and Anchor under the Piazza of the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, London 1682  Benjamin Harris (c.1640 - 1720) was born in London, where he began  a career as a bookseller. He soon gained a reputation for publishing fierce anti-Catholic pamphlets, so much so that his 1679 work Appeal from the Country to the City saw him jailed for sedition. In 1686 he crossed the Atlantic, opening the London Coffee House in Boston, where he provided access to foreign books and newspapers, before becoming arguably the first newspaper journalist in the British-American colonies,publishing Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick.  The Protestant Tutor was first advertised in Harris's London newspaper on February 27th 1679. The book is known to have been re-issued in London in 1680 and, apparently, again in 1682, before being printed by Sam Green and sold by John Griffin in Boston in 1685.
sold for £3800.00

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Harris, Benjamin, The Protestant Tutor, Instructing children to spel and read English, and grounding them in the true Protestant religion, and discovering the errors and deceits of the papists, frontispiece engraved with The Burning of London by the Papists, Murdering Kings, Gunpowder Treason, Cruelty and Popery, printed for Ben. Harris at the Stationers Arms and Anchor under the Piazza of the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, London 1682 Benjamin Harris (c.1640 - 1720) was born in London, where he began a career as a bookseller. He soon gained a reputation for publishing fierce anti-Catholic pamphlets, so much so that his 1679 work Appeal from the Country to the City saw him jailed for sedition. In 1686 he crossed the Atlantic, opening the London Coffee House in Boston, where he provided access to foreign books and newspapers, before becoming arguably the first newspaper journalist in the British-American colonies,publishing Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick. The Protestant Tutor was first advertised in Harris's London newspaper on February 27th 1679. The book is known to have been re-issued in London in 1680 and, apparently, again in 1682, before being printed by Sam Green and sold by John Griffin in Boston in 1685.

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