Poor condition. Full title: THE ENGLISH READER: OR PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY, SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS. DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TO READ WITH PROPRIETY AND EFFECT, TO IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE AD SENTIMENTS; AND TO INCULCATE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE. WITH A FEW PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD READING: BY LINDLEY MURRAY, AUTHOR OF AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, &C. i-xiii, 14-204 pages. Hardcover: H 16.75cm x L 10.75cm. Original quarter leather binding; brown calf leather spine with light green paper over boards. Most of leather spine's surface perished with remnant underlying suede-like material remaining; front and rear boards detached with their edges worn, strongest wear at corners, some soiling and staining to board paper too. Soiled pastedowns with antiquarian ink and pencil writing; front and rear free endpapers lacking as are probably a front and rear flyleaf or two; first leaf present is title/copyright (i.e. pages i-ii) and last leaf present is pages 203-204 (as called for by OCLC). Toning to leaves throughout; Antiquarian ink initials "A.F.B." along with pencil writing on title page; small chip at center of title leaf causing small text loss to verso; ink inscription "Alex F. Bulley | Jan 24th 1838" at top of page iii (Google search turns of an Alex. F. Bulley being born in Washington DC in 1825); ink writing and marring pages 203-204 too; scattered ink marks/writing to interior pages. Text block binding remains reasonably firm. Sold as is with all faults. Still a scarce Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania imprint for OCLC locates only two copies at member institutions. Imprint provided on both front board and title page although front board specifies "Published by Cook and Schoyer" and adds statement "Printed by Johnson & Stockton." An internet search turns up at least three other 1834 books with shared imprints of Pittsburgh's Cook & Schoyer with Louisville, Kentucky's Maxwell, Cook, and Co. so likely there was a family relationship between the firms with the latter probably sharing publication/printing expenses for the benefit of downstream Ohio River sales. Born in Harper Tavern, Pennsylvania, Lindley Murray became a wealthy attorney practicing in New York but left for England in 1784 where he started a career as an author and grammarian. Murray's THE ENGLISH READER was first published in London in 1799 and became a standard educational text enjoying innumerable editions in England and the United States with OCLC recording the last edition as 1862. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE ENGLISH READER: OR PIECES IN PROSE AND ...
Publisher: Pittsburgh [PA] - Louisville [KY]: Cook & Schoyer; Johnson & Stockton - Maxwell, Cook & Co., 1834.
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