Weston-Super-Mare: Robbins and Scotney; London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., . First edition. Original printed drab wrappers, 7.19 x 4.25 inches, 12 pages. Wrappers somewhat darkened and soiled; a little toning; a very good copy. Item #19849
“So again, ‘Can..Gode-*kep,*’ in a list of ministries, means that Canning and Goderich held the office of Premier *in succession* in the year 1827; whereas ‘Straffo, Laud-*sek,*’ (with a comma between the names) in the same list, means that Strafford and Laud took office *together* in the year 1628.” A mnemonic system, adapted from Richard Grey’s 1730 Memoria Technica, and intended in large part for those faced with examinations and here compiled in handy form by Girdlestone, ex-Curate of Reedham and resident of Weston-Super-Mare, an indefatigable pamphleteer on education and reform. (Girdlestone’s 1878 pamphlet Our Debt & Duty to the Soil: or, The Poetry and Philosophy of Sewage Utilization expounded with no little lyric passion the agricultural use of night soils—”And if Nature has proclaimed, as I think she has to the attentive ear, as one of her imperial edicts, ‘Thou shalt not waste thy sewage,’ we cannot with impunity refuse obedience.”) OCLC and the Library Hub Discover (late COPAC) note copies at the British Library, Cambridge, and Oxford, and attribute the publication date of 1866; OCLC adds a stray copy in exile in the Bib. Diderot in Lyons.