Providence: Bennett Wheeler, 1799. 14pp. Quarto. Contemporary marbled wrappers. Wrappers moderately worn, front cover partially detached. Titlepage and bottom margins lightly dampstained. A few contemporary manuscript annotations correcting the text. A good copy. Item #WRCAM36384
Howland's lecture, delivered to the Providence Association of Mechanics and Manufacturers in 1799, reviews the history and progress of the mechanical and useful arts in Europe and America from the middle ages through the eighteenth century. The author notes that the "high state of improvement to which the several trades have arrived in this country" is a recent development and that the next generation will need to be well-educated if growth and progress is to continue. EVANS 35644. SABIN 33384. ALDEN, RHODE ISLAND 1621. NAIP w005762. RINK 461.