Knowledge Generation

6. The Instructor, or, Young Man’s Best Companion (Liverpool: Nuttall, Fisher, and Dixon, c.1812) is the earliest example in the database. Claiming to be an ‘introduction to all the various branches of useful knowledge’ it contains writing, grammar, arithmetic, astronomy, geography, chronology and other subjects. It also has what is termed ‘the artist’s assistant’, which comprises the arts of drawing, perspective, etching, engraving, mezzotinto scraping, painting, dyeing, colouring of maps, and more. Further, a brief account of naval and military affairs is included. In short, it is a comprehensive guide for young gentlemen, or those aiming to take on the part, and at 593 pages, the part clearly requires more than a little knowledge.