Lexington: printed by J. Clarke & Co., 1833. 8vo, pp. 15, ; self-wrappers; stitched, as issued; some spotting, else fine and unopened. At the head of the title: "Transylvania Journal of Medicine … Extra." American Imprints 21546 locating only the copy at the University of Kentucky. Transylvania was a medical school.
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Springfield: printed by G. and C. Merriam, 1836. Pamphlet, approx 4½" x 7½", pp. 16; original printed paper wrappers; vertical fold, a touch of soiling, very good. A list of students and teachers, plus rates for room, board, and courses, textbooks, term schedule, and an inventory of "aparatuses" for scientific instruction. The academy had 180 boys and 86 girls enrolled, and their names, residence, and rooms are noted. AAS Only in OCLC.
Leominster, Mass. printed by Adams & Wilder, for the author, July, 1804. 12mo, pp. vi, , 8-224,  ads; original sheep-backed blue paper-covered boards; corners cracked, but generally a very good, sound copy. Early ownership signatures of "Enoch Forbush, Grafton, November 9th, 1805, price 37 cents." A popular book which went through a number of editions up to 1820. First published in 1803. Adams also compiled arithemetics and geography text books as well. American Imprints 5657.
Washington, [D.C.]: [press of J.H. Furst Co., Baltimore], 1910. First edition, signed by Henry Adams at the end of the introductory letter; 12mo, pp. vi, 214, ; original green cloth, spine a bit sunned and with a small snag in the cloth (not effecting any lettering), otherwise very good. "In 1910 Adams published and scattered widely a little volume which he called A Letter to American Teachers of History. Its style was designedly colloquial and its tone provocative. Assuming the validity of the second law of thermodynamics, that there is a universal tendency to the dissipation of mechanical energy, he pointed out the dilemma of teachers of history if they postulated a progressive evolution in human history towards some state of perfection, or tried to exempt mind from the operation of the law. What did they propose to do about it? Human thought should be considered as a substance passing from one phase to another, through a series of critical points which are determined by attraction, acceleration, and volume. - the equivalents of pressure, temperature, and volume in mechanical physics. In short, the future historian who would interpret the movement called history would have to seek his education in the world of mathematical physics" (Allen Johnson, in DAB). BAL 34: "Many copies, perhaps most, signed by the author at p. vi."
Boston: Light & Stearns, 1836. First edition, 12mo, pp. 336 (the last 2 leaves being Light & Stearns ads); added engraved title page; original brown floral-patterned cloth, gilt-lettered direct on spine; light dampstaining in the bottom margins of the last 20 leaves or so, spine lightly sunned; otherwise near fine throughout. Alcott (1798-1859) was a cousin of Bronson Alcott and a pioneer in physical education and school-house design. He was the author of more than 100 books and pamphlets on various educational subjects, physical and mental health, as well as Sunday-school tracts. American Imprints 35699.
Burlington, N.J. printed by John S. Meehan, 1815. First edition, 12mo, 16 & unpaginated lexicon in double column, a nice copy in full orig. sheep, wavy blindstamped fillets on spine. In the advertisement on the verso of the title, the author hopes for the need of an unabridged version of the same work, but as the dictionary "made little contribution to the development of lexicography in America," no other edition was published. Allison (1753-1827) was a member of the American Philosophical Society and was long one of its secretaries. Shaw & Shoemaker 33832; Burkett, p. 55ff.; Kennedy 6360; Felcone 327.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. printed for the author by G.M. Davison, 1822. First edition. 8vo; pp. 423, ; illustrated throughout with numerous diagrams, tables, and charts; original calf, spine ruled in three compartments with a red morocco label; very good with a recent address label on the front pastedown and an occasional dampstain. Contemporary owner's names written on the rear free endpaper. American Imprints 10341; Karpinski 249; Sabin 91486.
Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1843. First edition, 8vo, pp. 16; original pink printed wrappers, mild soiling and foxing, very good and sound. Plans for a 5-year course of instruction, terms, testimonials, etc. The proprietors insist that they are engaged in education as a first choice, and not as a temporary measure or a "last resort after failure in other projects of pursuits," and say they do not utilize teaching assistants to ensure a high quality and direct education from the primary instructors." LC and AAS only in OCLC.
Harrisburgh, [Pa.]: Theophilus Fenn, 1838. First edition, 8vo, pp. 12; original salmon wrappers; very good. At the time Stevens was a lawyer in rural Pennsylvania, but was later elected to Congress where he was "one of the leaders of the Radical Republican faction of the Republican Party during the 1860s. A fierce opponent of slavery and discrimination against African-Americans, Stevens sought to secure their rights during Reconstruction, in opposition to U.S. President Andrew Johnson. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee during the American Civil War, he played a leading role, focusing his attention on defeating the Confederacy, financing the war with new taxes and borrowing, crushing the power of slave owners, ending slavery, and securing equal rights for the Freedmen" (Wikipedia). American Imprints 53111.
Cambridge: Hilliard and Brown, 1831. 12mo. pp. , 116; 13 plates, one folding; tan boards, brown cloth spine; partially perished spine label, some gatherings heavily foxed, plates only lightly spotted, binding sound; owner's signature of William O. Loomis. On the use of gesture in rhetoric and public speaking. Distilled from the Chironomia, to be cheaper and less bulky for the student. The folding plate shows a series of gestures to be made in the recitation of "The miser and Plutus." American Imprints 6009.
Hartford: Brockett & Hutchinson, 1852. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 267, ; portrait frontispiece, original black publisher's cloth, gilt spine; headband perished, offsetting from the frontispiece, owner's signature on endpaper, very good. Gallaudet was an early American educator of the deaf and established the first American school for them. The appendix includes a list of all of the pupils of his school.
Boston: S. N. Dickinson & Co., printers, 1845. First edition, 8vo, pp. 40; removed from binding, wrappers wanting; very good. The Boston Farm School was established by a group of Boston philanthropists who purchased Thompson Island, in the North End of Boston, for $6,000. The Farm School was conceived to instruct young, at-risk boys (principally orphans or boys with single parents) in "agriculture, gardening, or other useful occupations as would contribute to their maintenance and tend to form in them habits of industry and order." The Boston Asylum for Indigent Boys, an orphanage in the North End, merged with the Farm School in 1835. AAS, Harvard, Trinity, Boston Athenaeum and Boston Public in OCLC. Not in American Imprints.
Windsor, [Vt.]: printed by Oliver Farnsworth, 1815. First edition, 8vo, pp. vi, -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.
Habita in comitiis Cantabrigiæ Nov-Anglorum pridie nonas quintilis: [printed by Bartholomew Green], 1726. Folio broadside, approx. 17" x 13½", text arranged in two columns under a running head and a 4-column list of 30 students, outlining the disciplines o "technologicae," "logicae," "grammaticae," "rhetoricae," "Mathematicae" (including "geometra," "algebra," "astronomias," "optice,": and "musica"), and "physicae." Previous folding, several small breaks at the folds, and with a few short tears entering from the margins (no loss), and several small ink burns from the holograph document on the verso. On the verso of this broadside is a manuscript bill of sale for property on Martha's Vineyard, March 1, 1726, between Stephen Poas [i.e. Stephen Pease] of Edgartown and Enoch Coffin for "one quarter share or one fouth part of one full and complete square of common or rendered land throughout the town..." Countersigned by John Allen, Nantucket. Not in Evans; Bristol 716; Shipton & Mooney 39851. Ford, W.C., Broadsides, 525. Only copies located are at the AAS, Harvard, and the University of New Brunswick in Canada.
[Cambridge, Mass. 1839.]. Broadside, approx. 10¼" x 8¼", the Ode comprising 10 quatrains and sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" occupies the bottom half; the whole within a typographical border; attached is a bill for $110.77 to a "Mr. Baker" for "Absence, Omission of Exercises and Duties," printed on blue paper and filled in in blue ink, for the second term ending July 19, 1839. Broadside with previous fold (one with a short split).
New York: Jan. 4, 1841. Folio broadside, approx. 19" x 13", text in triple column, top half of the broadside announcing a series of lectures on English grammar in various locations in New York, and classes "for a term of years" on grammar at the Park Grammar School. Dates, times, and terms are discussed. The bottom half of the broadside contains testimonials from eight other grammarians, educators, and newspaper editors. Not found in OCLC or American Imprints.
Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1853. 12mo, pp. 37, ; original printed terracotta wrappers; very good. The upper wrapper inscribed "William Ropes, Esq. with the author's regards." Published by the American Institute of Instruction. Butler (1815-1905) was born in Rutland, Vt. and spent the latter part of his life in Madison, Wisconsin where he taught Greek and the humanities at the university. "He was a prolific writer, and contributed articles on a wide range of subjects to the Nation and other magazines, and wrote literature promoting immigration for the Burlington and Missouri River R.R." (Wisconsin Historical Soc. online). There are two distinct issues of this pamphlet, one with the text ending on p. 33, and the other on p. 37. The former contains a printer's slug on the verso of the title page, the latter does not. The back wrapper of the former has ads for the American Institute of Instruction while the back wrapper of the latter is blank. The text has been reset in the former; I take the latter, with the text ending on p. 37, to be the earlier issue.
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1853. 12mo, pp. 33, ; original printed terracotta wrappers; near fine. Published by the American Institute of Instruction. Butler (1815-1905) was born in Rutland, Vt. and spent the latter part of his life in Madison, Wisconsin where he taught Greek and the humanities at the university. "He was a prolific writer, and contributed articles on a wide range of subjects to the Nation and other magazines, and wrote literature promoting immigration for the Burlington and Missouri River R.R." (Wisconsin Historical Soc. online). There are two distinct issues of this pamphlet, one with the text ending on p. 33, and the other on p. 37. The former contains a printer's slug on the verso of the title page, the latter does not. The back wrapper of the former has ads for the American Institute of Instruction while the back wrapper of the latter is blank. The text has been reset in the former; I take the former, with the text ending on p. 33, to be the later issue. Of the 33-page version, only 2 in OCLC: AAS and Essex Peabody.
Boston: David Clapp, 1864. Small 8vo, pp. 30; original drab printed wrappers, ex-Minnesota Historical Society with usual markings, previous tears to front and back wrappers expertly repaired, front edges toned, back cover damp stained, contemporary pencil markings, including the indication of which former students had been killed. Annual directory for the Boston-area boys' day school, today known as Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall.
Richmond: J.W. Randolph & English, 1874. 8vo, pp. 183, ; later black cloth, gilt-lettered spine; ex-Minnesota Historical Society with usual markings, ALs on College letterhead from the College's president, Benjamin S. Ewell, dated Williamsburg, VA, Feb, 7th, 1885 bound in; title page starting to detach, else interior very good. Ewell, originally a Confederate soldier before becoming the 16th president of the College, addresses Horace L. Wheeler (?), librarian, apologizing for the delay in sending a copy of "The History" due to Wheeler's letter having been mislaid.
Hanover, N.H. 1828. Folio bifolium (approx. 13" tall), containing a circular letter presumably to friends of the college and its alumni: "It has become indispensable that the present college buildings should be immediately repaired, and that others should be speedily erected. Additions also to the Library and Apparatus, and provision for new departments of instruction, are exceedingly needed; and indeed, indispensable to meet the publick expectation in this age of improvement..." Pledge form on the integral leaf, and addressed by hand, likely by Tyler, on the verso to the Hon. Jacob B. Gurley, New London, CT. One small hole in the foremargin touching 2 or 3 letters (sense remains clear); minor splitting at the folds; good or better. Not found in OCLC or American Imprints.
Philadelphia: printed and sold by the author, 1821. Fourth edition "considerably improved and enlarged," 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. 416, , 92; , vi, 344, , 260, ; original blue paper-covered boards, printed paper labels on spine; boards loose, spines cracked vertically; an inscription in each volume reads "Caroline Saltonstall from Miss Higginson." Dedicated to Locke, Condillac and Sicard, and a separate dedication to his mother. Dufief was a Franco-American bookseller in Philadelphia, and a professor of the French language, whose innovative methods of teaching "eschewed grammatical rules and endorsed the learning of phrases and sentences rather than solitary words" (Stern, Nicholas Gouin Dufief of Philadelphia, p. 12). It was a method adopted by schools around the country, and the book went through at least 21 editions over the next 45 years.
Cincinnati: printed by F. S. Benton, 1835. First edition, 12mo, pp. 25, ; removed from binding; wrappers wanting; very good. Aydelott (1795-1880) wrote a dozen or so books on education, temperance, ethics and theology. Of this OCLC notes: "A speech given by Rev. Benjamin Parham Aydelott, educator and former rector of Christ Church in Cincinnati, on the boons of the teaching profession." American Imprints 30145; 6 in OCLC (LC, AAS, Harvard, Cincinnati Public, Western Reserve, and the Presbyterian Historical Society Library in Pennsylvania).
Philadelphia: [Philadelphia Inquirer], 1884. 8vo, pp. 3, ; self wrappers; fine. Last page provides list of the economic papers published by Baird; this pamphlet a reprint of a letter written to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 30, 1884. Scarce, only one copy in OCLC, at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia.