[New London, Conn.]: Printed for the Author, 1823. First edition. Original blue calf spine, marbled wrappers, 7.75 x 4.88 inches, 12,  pages. Engraved title, nine plates. Some browning to the plates; corners of a number of the leaves crimped, some light general rubbing and soiling; and scattered foxing; a very good copy. Item #19906
An early example of an American shorthand, though Dodge here in his text refers to a contemporary American adaptation of Taylor’s system by Marcus T. C. Gould, “arranged and published on a chart, entitled ‘Stenographick Synopsis;’ by Mr. Gould of Albany. This system however, admits of much simplifying, and is, in some measure, the ground work of the following pages.” With the colophon for the printed S. Green of New-London, Conn. on the copyright page; the engraved title with the imprint, Providence, R. I., Engraved for the Author. American Imprints 12388. Contemporary ink ownership signature of Horatio Nelson Babcock on the inside front wrapper.