John Bowden (1751-1817).
The Epitaph-Writer... Chester: Printed by J. Fletcher, 1791.
(SPL) PN6291 .B63
This book, aimed at artisans, demonstrates that literacy had spread among the rising middle and working classes. These classes developed dramatically in the 18th century as the seeds of the Industrial Revolution - watered by the Enlightenment’s emphasis on discovery and innovation - were planted and took hold.