London: Printed for J. Salisbury, at the Rising-Sun in Cornhill and J. Harris, at the Harrow, in the Poultrey, 1695.
First edition. Title printed within double rule. , 102,  pp. At foot of title page: Price bound one shilling. 1 vols. 12mo. The Precursor of Poor Richard on Education. Bound in full brown goatskin grained as sheep, boards ruled in blind (preserving the original lower cover), spine titled in gilt, title-page and following leaf have been inlaid at edges, restoration to outer rule at head of title, margins of last leaf repaired, expertly conserved. Wing T3190; OCLC 15216662; ESTC R34678; Norman 2101. Item #37369
A very scarce little tract by the amazing and entirely self-educated Tryon (1634-1703), the “Pythagorean,” vegetarian, mystic and practical philsopher who has often been compared to his admirer Benjamin Franklin, who himself was greatly impressed in his youth by Tryon's WAY TO HEALTH.
“… [Franklin] became in his day a 'Tryonist'; nor is it in any degree fanciful to discover a marked likeness between the style of Franklin and the quaint moralising of Tryon, though there is in the latter a vein of mystical piety to which 'Poor Richard,' with all his virtues, is a stranger …” — DAB.
Despite some peculiar notions (e.g., eating roots is to be avoided, for “by reason of their Crude and Earthy qualities, they naturally beget wind …”), Tryon's emphasis on diet rings especially modern, and his deep respect for the learning abillities of children underlies his contempt for a system of “schooling” which is based on terror and imprisonment. In his Preface, the author laments the waste of the current system of eduction in which school masters keep “Children (like Spiders in a Circle) a long time under the Terror of their Jurisdiction and Discipline, in order only to promote their own Profit and Interest …”
Tryon's treatise is rare — ESTC records only a few copies in the US and the British Isles, with only two copies at auction in the past forty years.
Price: $9,500.00 Free International Delivery