Item #21238 Key to the Western Practical Arithmetic . . Containing a Solution of the Questions. Accompanied with Explanations and Illustrations, for the Benefit of Young Teachers and Private Students by the Author. Stereotyped by J. A. James. Midwestern Cheat Books, John L. Talbott.

Key to the Western Practical Arithmetic . . Containing a Solution of the Questions. Accompanied with Explanations and Illustrations, for the Benefit of Young Teachers and Private Students by the Author. Stereotyped by J. A. James.

Cincinnati: Published by Ephraim Morgan and Son, 1838. First edition. 12mo, contemporary (likely original) sheep, gilt rules and gilt lettering, 196 pages. Illus. Boards somewhat rubbed; slight, approx. two inch crack at the head of the front joint; a very good copy of a cheap sheep binding. Item #21238

An uncommon cheat book for underprepared teachers, the solutions presumably to Joseph Stockton’s popular Western Calculator; besides a key to the answers, Talbott provides occasional annotation or clarification. A nice example of the sort of popular work one might expect from Ephraim Morgan (and his later firm as here, which took his son James into partnership in 1837), an important early Cincinnati bookseller and publisher; the firm also later picked up the slack in the stereotyping business from J. A. James, noted by Sutton as one of “the most important Cincinnati stereotypers” (Sutton 73). Morgan and Son seems to have increased its margin by hewing to passable standards of cheap and hasty production, as here: the lower margins are trimmed closely, with loss to the occasional signature mark; the cheap sheep binding has its own rough-hewn charm, in part because of the ungainly and oversized fore-edges of the boards. Early ink annotation to the front free endpaper and pencil ownership inscription. Walter Sutton, The Western Book Trade. Columbus [O.], 1961. Morgan 3535; American Imprints 53196.

Price: $75.00

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