An improved spelling book, or youth's literary guide; containing an easy system of spelling, a short system of polite learning, and an English grammar. Joshua Bradley.
An improved spelling book, or youth's literary guide; containing an easy system of spelling, a short system of polite learning, and an English grammar

An improved spelling book, or youth's literary guide; containing an easy system of spelling, a short system of polite learning, and an English grammar

Windsor, [Vt.]: printed by Oliver Farnsworth, 1815. First edition, 8vo, pp. vi, [7]-190; original blue paper-covered boards backed in calf; boards peeling revealing the wood; a very good copy of an uncommon speller. No other edition was published. Bradley was a pastor at the Baptist Church in Windsor having come there from Newport. So must have Oliver Farnsworth who printed a sermon for Bradley's ordination when he was in Newport. And Bradley also looks to have been brought up on forgery charges in Connecticut in 1812 relating to a charge of forging ministerial credentials. An interesting feature of the book is the section on Polite Learning where particulars are given via the Socratic method on the states and territories, physical features of the earth, and more profoundly on taste, criticism, beauty, sublimity in language and writing, perspicuity and precision, hyperbole and metaphor. American Imprints 34198; Gilman, p. 38; McCorison, p. 359. Ten in OCLC. Item #54088

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