Scott, William. Lessons in Elocution; or, A Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse, for the Improvement of Youth in Reading and Speaking; To which are Prefixed, Elements of Gesture; illustrated by four plates, and Rules for Expressing with Propriety the various Passions, &c. of the Mind. Also, an Appendix, containing Lessons on a new Plan. Boston: Lincoln & Edmans, 1820. Boston Edition. 
Worn calf binding, 4 1/2 x 7 inches, red leather title label & gilt rules to spine, outer hinges good with no cracks, spine ends & corners worn & rounded. All four plates present. Lacks the second free end paper at front; paper hinge at title page exposed with nothing detached. 360 relatively clean pp. with some light foxing, occasional smudges. Good. Leather bound.
William Scott (1750-1804), teacher in Edinburgh, author of several useful school texts. First published in Edinburgh, 1779.
A work memorialized in American history as the text used by Abraham Lincoln to learn oratory.
"Willam Scott's famous Lessons in Elocution, published in New Haven in 1799, included as illustrative material many of the most famous soliloquies and orations in Shakespeare This book when through many editions and was widely imitated, for if there was little time to cultivate the reading and writing of literature, there was ample incentive to practice oratory, both legal and political. Boys and young men, especially those on the frontier, had access to few books, and those they had were chewed and digested. Long passages of Shakespeare that Abraham Lincoln memorized out of Scott's Elocution stayed with him to his death and were put to practical use throughout his years in the White House." - McManaway, J. (1964). Shakespeare in the United States. PMLA, 79(5), 513-51