An early 19th-century edition of the most popular schoolbook for children in New England and adjacent areas during the colonial era and early republic, originally printed circa 1690. The contents include alphabets, "easy syllables," words of one to five syllables, a speller, a reader, and a catechism ? the lot illustrated with attractive woodcuts, including => five good-sized ones. (The largest is "The Burning of Mr. JOHN ROGERS"). There are multiple variants of this title as issued by Loring. "In the present printing, the title page frame design featuring straight lines intertwined with a spiral line. Page  has a frontispiece of a boy and girl walking through the forest, with a caption beginning with words 'All good boys and girls.' Page  features a wood engraving of a man walking with his dog" (AAS catalogue record). Provenance: Title-page with "M.S. [or possibly "A.S.") Hubbard printed, in old ink, at top. Owner's modification: This edition of this work was issued in "shingle boards" with a leather shelfback and blue paper over the boards. An early owner has covered the spine and outside of the boards with a piece of polychrome paper that is now so faded that its original colors are not clearly determinable ? though the pattern was apparently(?) floral! 16mo (10 cm; 4").  ff.; illus. Shaw & Shoemaker 35424; Rosenbach, Children, 531; Heartman 445. Publisher's binding, modified as above, some of the later paper flaked off especially from spine; as with most recorded copies, the first and last leaf are pasted to the appropriate boards of the binding. Small area of worming to inside of front board with loss of two words ("blesses them") of caption of the frontispiece, and evidence of a onetime paper adherence to plate; part of image of last leaf (pasted to inside of rear board) abraded or torn off. Pages age-toned and with a few stains. => A far better than average copy, given the usual state of these much-used schoolbooks. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: New-England primer, improved; or, an easy ...
Publisher: James Loring [between 1815 and 1826]
Publication Date: 1815
Book Description Published by Benjamin Olds, Newark, [New Jersey], 1824. Frontispiece on front endpaper and cuts in text. 63 pp. 1 vols. 16mo (2.75 x 4 inches). Rosenbach 646 Original blue wrappers, spine partially perished. Else fine Frontispiece on front endpaper and cuts in text. 63 pp. 1 vols. 16mo (2.75 x 4 inches). Bookseller Inventory # 244976
Book Description Printed by James Loring, sold wholesale and retail at his bookstore, Newark, 1830.  leaves, woodcut illustration ( 3 of which are partially colored in this copy). 1 vols. 16mo. Rosenbach 531; Heartman 343 Original sheep-backed blue paper over wooden boards. Rear cover detached  leaves, woodcut illustration ( 3 of which are partially colored in this copy). 1 vols. 16mo. Bookseller Inventory # 245047
Book Description Boston: Benjamin True, No.75 State-Street , 1808. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Illustrated with 24 Small Emblematic Woodcuts and a Larger Woodcut of the Burning of John Rogers. (illustrator). This edition, quite a rare survivor for one of these fragile early New England primers, seems to conform to the example in the New York Public Library, which calls for 32 leaves. This copy priced according to lack of some leaves -- apparently 12 leaves from the catechism that forms the second part of the book are missing although some of the missing leafs may be endpaper leafs (see below). On the positive side, the far more interesting content of letters of alphabet (with liitle illustrations) and other general instructional content for children is still present, including the section on the burning of John Rogers complete with a half page woodcut showing Rogers being burned at the stake. Two of the letters of the alphabet, I and U, are not in the section of illustrations of letters of the alphabet -- by publisher's design. Thus, there are 24 small woodcuts accompanying the letters of the alphabet, not 26. (The I and U are included in another section of text.) Also on the plus side, the original binding of this extremely fragile little book is still mostly intact. The original boards made out of thin pieces of wood covered with heavy blue paper are still present except for the lower half inch of rear board which is missing now. The wooden boards with horizontal splits are now stabilized by the plastic covering fcr this book, which is removable if preferred. Portions of the blue paper covering of the boards worn away. Original brown leather backstrip still binds covers together and internally the binding is mostly tight. Except it can be seen where the pages of the catechism now missing fell away because two of the twin leaves at center of book, with center holes for staples, are still present but loose in the binding indicating where the leaves of the catechism now missing came loose and then went missing. First three and final four leafs of the catechism are still present. The original child's ownership signature neatly written in at top of title page in heavy ink now gone brown. Title page is first leaf of the book. Last leaf of the book is the last leaf of the catechism. Not clear if some of the leafs called for were endpapers or perhaps a half title leaf preceding the title page. Although not a perfect copy, this is still a rare survivor as these old old primers had a very low survival rate. The fragility of this little example tells you why. Size: 32mo (4 1/4 Inches high). Bookseller Inventory # 2578
Book Description Boston: Printed by James Loring, [between 1815-1826]., 1826. pp. Lacks frontispiece leaf. 16mo. Contemporary half calf and modern blue boards. Some damp-staining to boards. Titlepage stained and torn, with some loss to border and text on verso. First leaf lacking (frontispiece); last leaf pasted to rear board, torn with minor loss to text. Some foxing and staining, some tears repaired with Japanese tissue. Overall, a fair copy. A much later edition of the often revised and updated first school book printed in the American colonies, first published circa 1690. A combination speller, reader, and religious catechism. Illustrated with attractive woodcuts. The American Antiquarian Society notes variant issues of this edition, this being the issue with titlepage frame design featuring diamonds and flowers and page  featuring a wood engraving of a boy and girl kneeling in prayer before seated parents. Rosenbach notes that the first and last leaf are pasted down, as they are here (though the first leaf is here lacking). Bristol dates this edition incorrectly as 1798. All early editions of this fragile little book are rare. HEARTMAN 343 (2nd ed). ROSENBACH, EARLY AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS 531. BRISTOL B10406. SHIPTON & MOONEY 48521. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 40087