New-York: Published by Samuel Wood & Sons; Samuel S. Wood & Co., Baltimore, . A later edition, though with renewed copyright. Original pictorial blue wrappers, 5.25 x 3.5 inches, 32 pages. Illus. Quite worn; in good, sound condition. Item #19161
“The favorable reception which the Young Child’s A, B, C; or, First Book, and the New-York Primer, have met with, induces the publisher to bring forward a gradual succession of books, which, for a long time, he has conceived would be proper, both from motives of economy to the parent, and as an excitement to the young Tyro, industriously to apply to his lessons, in order to get through each in rotation; and as the books are small, the child will naturally be allured by the promise of a new one ahead, and thus a pleasing stimulus may be given to the infant mind.” An illustrated primer; each page generally concludes either with a vignette of an animal or an aphorism suitable to the infant mind (“All of us my son, are to die,” etc.), and on occasion the utility of the animals is stressed. (“The skins of the sheep and calf, are made into covers for our books.”) The copyright notice from “the forty-seventh year of the Independence of the United-States of America” suggests an 1823 publication; early editions have an 1809 copyright, which would have had a 14-year term. Fairly neatly (if clumsily) hand-colored throughout, presumably by an early reader. Lower portion of the spine reinforced with overstitched thread at an early date.