Short-Hand for the People: Being a Comprehensive System of Stenography, Founded on a New Principle . . . to Which is Added, Short Arithmetic, Equally Simple, Easy, and Swift.

Cheltenham: Published, for the Author, by John Lovesy, 1838. First edition. 12mo, original blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt lettering, 50 pages. 10 plates (including four folding plates). Cloth sunned, head and foot of the spine somewhat frayed; a very good copy. Item #18928

“He [the author] was first led to a consideration of the subject by having another work in contemplation, and feeling the want of a more rapid mode of committing to paper those evanescent ideas which are seldom so happily expressed as at the moment in which they are conceived. He often found that, before the pen could trace the first sentence, that moment had flown forever.” An uncommon novel shorthand system, intended to allow a writer to capture the speed of their own thought. Pitman’s History of Shorthand (4th ed., [1918]), with the expected air of a mainstream critic who has waded through any number of idiosyncratic home-grown shorthand schemes, notes that the “system is one which certainly would be found by very few persons beside its inventor, capable of general application in the ordinary occurrences of life when writing is required. . . . [The] system is rendered at once brief and indefinite in the writing and reading. It never could, by any adaptation of its principles, become a ‘shorthand for the people.’ ” Printed by George Wood in Bath. Contemporary signature on the verso of the front free endpaper. Damp-stain to several leaves (of some substantial spread on the first two leaves).

Price: $250.00

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