Title: Title page of A series of prints of Roman history : designed as ornaments for those apartments in which children receive the first rudiments of their education.

Creator: Trimmer, Mrs. (Sarah), 1741-1810.

Bibliographic Citation: Trimmer, Mrs. (Sarah), 1741-1810. A series of prints of Roman history : designed as ornaments for those apartments in which children receive the first rudiments of their education. London : Printed and sold by John Marshall, No. 4, Aldermary Church Yard, Bow-Lane, Cheapside, [1789]
DG62.5 T75 1789 Rare Books/Special Collections – Sheila R. Bourke Collection (McLennan Bldg, 4th floor)

Notes: In the seventh print of this book, which the owner of the book playfully coloured in pink, Sarah Trimmer expounds the moral of Tullia’s story. Trimmer concludes her narration of the story by explicitly calling on her readers: “This account of Tullia should be a warning to children not to give way to passion and pride in their early years.” The facing image, number VIII, depicts Lucretia. While Trimmer praises Lucretia for her loyalty, she condemns her suicide: “Had Lucretia been a Christian she would have known that it was her duty to bear slander with patience, but heathens were brought up with very proud notions, and thought it was noble to kill themselves when they were unhappy.” This mode of overt moral affixed to the narrative would be dropped by later authors of children’s books.

Language: English

Subject: Marshall, John, — printer.
Engraving — Specimens — 1789.
Rome (Italy) — History — Juvenile literature.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of: Sheila R. Bourke Collection

is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print

Exhibition Theme: Children

Call Number: DG62.5 T75 1789 Rare Books/Special Collections – Sheila R. Bourke Collection (McLennan Bldg, 4th floor)

Image Identifier: trimmer_roman_history_1789-titlepage