Boston: Published by R. Bannister, 1823. First edition (but see below). Contemporary half sheep, red leather label, gilt lettering, marbled sides, 7.25 x 4.25 inches, viii, 424 pages. Corners rubbed and bumped; spine rubbed and cracked; some occasional foxing and browning; a good copy. Item #19951
“Young people have been suffered too much to feed their reading appetites on any trash which might come in their way. . . . Thus they have been particularly exposed to have the Novel, with false estimates of human life, misguide their inexperienced steps; or the Play with obscene allusions, contaminate their morals; or the fascinating imagery of a Poem, impregnated with delicious poison, vitiate their principles.” The first annual volume of this monthly for youth, January through December 1823. (The Monitor ran for a second volume in 1824, before merging with Nathan Whiting’s Guardian.) The first collected number here is the third edition of the January, 1823 number; the balance are the first editions. Includes reports of missions among the Cherokee and the Choctaw nations, as well as assorted squibs of general interest such as electricity (with an account of Franklin and the kite) and aerial voyages. Ink ownership signature dated 1824 on the front free endpaper.