London: Printed for J. Wyat, and W. and J. Innys, in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1725. Ex-Library First edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. xvii, 219 (3)pp. Rebound in tan cloth with gilt lettering on brown leather label on spine. Black ruling on title page. Historiated head and end pieces, decorative initials. Collection of 1761 adages by English physician Thomas Fuller (1654–1734) for his only son J.F. Fuller addresses his son in a foreword describing his sensitive application of adages at different stages as his son is growing up and ends the foreword with: "If Providence see fit to grant you but good Health; and a Competency of Necessaries and Conveniences: And you for your part faithfully and constantly observe these my Directions, Counsels and Cautions, you cannot fail of being Wise and Good, Useful and Happy." This first edition contains an address to the reader and starts the collection with: "Wish not so much to live long, as to live well."
This first publication of the collection is followed by a second edition in two volumes in 1727. The book contains an elementary drawing of a horse and riders on front free endpaper with rudimentary inked lettering on verso, some of which might be early attempts in writing by his son. An additional drawing on back free endpaper.
Binding slightly rubbed with exlibris of the John Crerar Library Chicago on inside front cover, library stamp on first page of address to his son. Brief inked notes on title page, one of them crossed out. Few inked markings in block. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #42820