Boston: 1838. Printed bifolium, 4to, printed text in italic type on page , autograph letter to "Dear Cousin" from "T. Cushing" on p. , address panel on p.  to "Nathan Cushing, Esq , Hanson, Mass.," with Boston roundstamp dated Aug. 7. A fine example of the type of professional organization for teachers which sprouted up in Massachusetts under the leadership of Horace Mann. From the circular letter: "A course of lectures on subjects connected with education, will be delivered by gentlemen well qualified ... Discussions of topics appropriate to the objects of the association will also take place ... The interest of the session will be heightened by the exercises of the Middlesex County Common School Convention ... when an address will be delivered by the Secretary of the Board of Education of the Commonwealth [i.e. Horace Mann]..." The circular is enhanced by Cushing's letter to his cousin, a teacher: "I have been very much pressed during the summer (as, besides my school duty, I have some private pupils. I have to do a great deal of correspondence for the Institute)... Should you be able to come ... you will find it easy getting to Lowell as the cars go there three times a day; there you would meet plenty of your brother teachers & would ... enjoy yourself." Not in American Imprints or in OCLC.
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Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1848. First edition, 12mo, pp. 24; original tan printed wrappers; very good. Delivered before the American Institute of Instruction at Bangor, Maine in August, 1848. Kingsbury (1801-1874) was a school principal from South Coventry, Connecticut who graduated from Brown in 1826 and in 1828 began a private school for girls in Providence, later known as the Young Ladies' High School "at which the students learned not the usual feminine accomplishments, but Latin, mathematics and science. His detractors ridiculed him as “the man who is teaching girls Latin,” but his school prospered in its location in a school house formerly presided over by Oliver Angell" (Mitchell, Encyclopedia Brunoniana).
Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1838. First separate edition, 8vo, pp. 22, ; self-wrappers; slight soil and spotting; very good. Apparently an offprint from the annual proceedings of the American Institute of Instruction. Tyron & Charvat, Cost Books of Ticknor and Fields, A 24b (5,982 [!] copies printed): "The Institute frequently distributed, 'gratuitously,' to those interested in the advancement of education, these offprints of the principal addresses." American Imprints 52107. See DAB for a sketch on Page, a gifted teacher and educator whose career was cut short by his untimely death at age 38. The present address was incorporated as a chapter in Page's widely read Theory and Practice of Teaching (1847). "He analyzed more minutely the defects and imperfections of poor teaching than any other educator of his time, and no other has ever surpassed him in his touching plea for the earnest and conscientious teacher which he made in the chapter on the 'Moral Duties of Teachers and Parents'."-J.M. Greenwood, "Editor's Preface" to The Life and Work of David P. Page (Chicago, 1893).
Boston: D.C. Heath & Co., 1886. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 226, 4 (ads), 2 (ads); original red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine; back cover scraped, extremities rubbed; all else very good and sound. Eight lectures by Peabody, including seven which were used during successive years to address training classes, plus the lecture which first introduced Boston to kindergarten education. Additionally there is a chapter on "Glimpses of Psychology", and an appendix.
N.p. no publisher given, . 12mo, pp. 23, ; uncut and partially unopened; removed from binding; very good. OCLC notes: "American Antiquarian Society copy has note in manuscript on verso of p. 23: "These Letters are supposed to have been written by the Hon. Mr. Richardson, member of Congress from Norfolk County, Mass. Worcester Dec. 22, 1829. Chris: C: Baldwin." Attributed to Richardson by Library of Congress in the National Union Catalog. Letters I-V signed "S.P."; letter VI signed "Spirit of the People" and dated October 31, 1829. American Imprints 40274; Sabin 71058.
Suffield: printed by Edward Gray, for Oliver D. & I. Cook, and sold by them in sheets, or bound, at their book store, Hartford, 1800. Second edition, oblong 32mo, pp. 32, 223, including 3 pages of recommendations, a preface, and an introduction to English grammar, followed by the lexicon in double column; extremities rubbed, joints cracked, title-p. shaved close at bottom margin (as issued); a good copy or better in full original sheep. Johnson (1757-1836) was the first American lexicographer, and his School Dictionary of 1798 was the first dictionary compiled by an American. When a second edition was called for, Johnson collaborated with Elliott and produced this new and larger work. This is the second of two editions printed in 1800, with 32 pages of frontal matter. Evans 37355.
Boston: printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, 1857. First edition, 8vo, pp. 19, ; fine copy in original tan printed wrappers. Consists of "Introductory remarks" and four essays signed: Franklin, which explain a plan to establish an institute in Boston, with funds from the bequest of James Smithson of England, to research, consider, and advise the nation on the best means of improving its government, "to approach to that ideal perfection of government prescribed by Bacon, Mansfield, Blackstone, Montesqieu and the host of encyclopedists." 'Sabin 25268.
Boston: Joseph H. Francis, 1838. First edition; 8vo; pp. , 2-4 (recommendations), , vi-xii, -480; contemporary full calf, gilt fillets on spine, brown morocco label; upper hinge slightly cracked at the bottom; very good with a spot or two of wear to the extremities, lacks the front free endpaper. American Imprints 49498.
Washington City: printed and published by Anderson and Meehan, Columbian Office, 1822. First edition, 8vo, pp. 31, ; uncut; stitched, as issued; wrappers wanting; very good. This copy inscribed by Thomas Sewall in ink on the title page to David Choate, Essex, Mass. Sewall was a physician and a member of the faculty at what later became George Washington University. American Imprints 10336; Sabin 90834.
Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1856. Revised and enlarged edition, 8vo, pp. vi, 508; original purple blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine; spine faded, some shelf wear, attractive early 20th-century bookplate on front pastedown; very good. Includes the slang and customs from, among others, Amherst, Bowdoin, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Hamilton, Harvard, Middlebury, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutger's, Trinity, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Wesleyan, West Point, William and Mary, and Yale. Hall, the brother of the noted philologist Fitzedward Hall, first published this little volume shortly after his graduation from Harvard in 1851. It contains both English and American words and phrases in use by the students, and identifies not only the meaning but also the college of origin. The book must have met with some success as there was a third edition published in 1859. This revised edition contains some 320 pages more than the first. Bartlett, the publisher, in 1848 issued his own Dictionary of Americanisms on which this is modeled. This cataloguer, a Bowdoin grad, can vouch that the only surviving Bowdoin custom listed here is Phi Beta Kappa; the Polar Bears do not refer to the toilet as a "Temple," nor do we run around a tree after exams until we fall over; that would be childish. Not in Burkett, American Dictionaries of the English Language before 1861; not in the Kahn Collection; Kennedy 12043; Vancil, p. 106.
Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Sons, 1866. 8vo, pp. viii, 80; original grey-green printed wrappers, edges a bit toned, bottom 2 inches of spine perished, else a very good, tight copy. Includes the biographies of the deceased alumni, many of whom were killed in battle during the Civil War. Emory, Harvard, and Wisconsin only in OCLC.
Cambridge: [Harvard University], October 8, 1810. 4to, address on verso of integral leaf, wax seal, previous folds; very good. H. Weston is likely Hiram Weston who was a divinity student at Harvard in 1811 and who later became a merchant in Duxbury. He was born in Duxbury, Mass, in 1793, and married Olive Little in 1818. He was one of the descendants of Edward Weston, an early settler of Duxbury. Here, he writes to his brother Daniel in Duxbury: " I have the painful news to communicate to you, that on Wednesday last I attended the funeral of one of my classmates named Hooper, belonging to Marblehead, and aged nineteen years. He died at his father's house of a nervous fever. He was sick but about ten days. 'So fades the lovely blooming flower'." The late Mr. Hooper was no doubt William Hooper, son of Captain William and Mary Hooper. His death record of Oct. 1, 1810, at Marblehead, states that he was "one of the senior class of Harvard." Weston notes that the funeral procession (in chaises and carriages) started in Cambridge in the morning, went to Marblehead, and returned by nine that evening. Weston asks his brother to send his boots and to let him know when the schooner will be launched and be in Boston. It is signed, "your humble servant" H. Weston.
Cambridge: University Press - Hilliard and Metcalf, 1820. 8vo, pp. 16; early annotations in ink on recto and verso of last leaf; among the seniors is Ralph Waldo Emerson; American Imprints 1532; bound with: Course of Instruction for Undergraduates in Harvard College, Oct. 1820 for the Ensuing Year, pp. 4; Sabin 30765; American Imprints 1534; bound with: Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University in Cambridge. October, 1821, pp. 16; American Imprints 5552; bound with: Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University in Cambridge. October, 1822, pp. 16; American Imprints 8958; bound with: Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University in Cambridge. October, 1823, pp. 16, ; American Imprints 12783; bound with: Laws of Harvard College, 1820, pp. iv, 56; American Imprints 1535; bound with: Law of Harvard University Regulating the Dress of the Students, April 29, 1822 [drop title], pp. 2; not found in American Imprints; bound with: A Statement of the Course of Instruction, Terms of Admission, Expenses, &c. at Harvard University, 1823, pp. 23, ; American Imprints 12784. Together, 8 titles relating to Harvard, the various lists of names with many notables; text block only, without covers; early ownership signature of George Wheatland of Salem, Harvard class of 1824, on flyleaf and several title pages.
V.p., v.d. 1819-1866. 19 volumes in 1, contemporary three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine in 5 compartments, marbled endpapers; almost all original front wrappers bound in; ex-Minnesota Historical Society bookplate marked withdrawn; extremities rubbed, else very good. Manuscript table of contents bound in at the front. 1) Norton, Andrews. Inaugural discourses, delivered before the University in Cambridge, August 10, 1819. Cambridge: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1819, pp. 48 (see Sabin 55865); Everett, Edward. An address delivered at the erection of a monument to John Harvard, September 26, 1828. Boston: Nathan Hale, 1828, pp. 24; drab front cover wrapper inscribed by the author (American Imprints 33100); Quincy, Josiah. An address delivered at the dedication of Dane Law College in Harvard University, October 23, 1832. Cambridge: E.W. Metcalf and Co., 1832, pp. 27 (Sabin 67194); Greenleaf, Simon. A discourse pronounced at the inauguration of the author as Royall Professor of Law in Harvard University, August 26, 1834. Cambridge: James Munroe and Company, 1834, pp. 28 (American Imprints 24723); White, Daniel Appleton. An address delivered before the Society of the Alumni of Harvard University, on their anniversary, August 27, 1844. Cambridge: John Owen, 1844, pp. 42; original brown printed front cover wrapper inscribed by the author, although the trimming of the edges has affected text with loss of meaning (American Imprints 44-6601); Winthrop, Robert C. An address delivered before the Association of the Alumni of Harvard College. Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1852, pp. 59.; Addresses at the inauguration of the Rev. James Walker, D.D., as President of Harvard College, Tuesday, May 24, 1853. Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1853, pp. 69; original brown printed wrapper inscribed and signed to the Minnesota Historical Society by entomologist and Harvard librarian Thaddeus Harris (1795-1856); Clarke, Edward H. The relation of drugs to treatment: an introductory lecture before the medical class of 1856-57 of Harvard University. Boston: David Clapp, 1856, pp. 28; [French, Francis Ormond.] Class poem: Harvard College, MDCCCLVII. New York: Robert Macoy, 1857, pp. 30; Bacon, John. Introductory address, delivered to the medical class of Harvard University, Wednesday, November 3, 1858. Boston: David Clapp, 1858, pp. 19; original green front cover wrapper inscribed by the author (inscription trimmed without loss of meaning); Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Valedictory address, delivered to the medical graduates of Harvard University, at the annual comencement, Wednesday, March 10, 1858. Boston: David Clapp, 1858, pp. 15 (BAL 8780); Bigelow, Henry Jacob. Science and success: a valedictory address delivered to the medical graduates of Harvard University, at the annual comencement, Wednesday, March 9, 1859. Boston: David Clapp, 1859, pp. 24; Jackson, Joseph C. The relations of the American lawyer to the state: an oration delivered before the assembly of the Harvard Law School, at the opening of the fall term, September, 1859. Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow, and Company, 1859, pp. 26; Washburn, Emory. Professional training as an element of success and conservative influence: a lecture before the members of the Harvard Law School, at the close of the term, January 11, 1861. Boston: Harvard Law School, 1861, pp. 24; Walker, James. An address delivered before the alumni of Harvard College, July 16, 1863. Cambridge: Sever and Francis, 1863, pp. 28; Addresses at the inauguration of Thomas Mill, D.D., as president of Harvard College, Wednesday, March 4, 1863. Cambridge: Sever and Francis, 1863, pp. 39; Baccalaureate sermon, and oration and poem: class of 1864. Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow, and Company, 1864, pp. 50, ; Andrew, John A. An address to the graduating class of the medical school in the University at Cambridge, on Wednesday, March 9, 1864. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864, pp. 28; Alumni Hall: an appeal to the alumni and friends of Harvard College. Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Sons, 1866, pp. 23; 2 plates, bound in letter signed in print by Amos A. Lawrence, J. Ingersoll Bowditch, Stephen M. Weld, and 9 others.
[Cambridge]: June, 1861. Wright, J. Edward, class secretary. To Members of the Class of Sixty-one. Cambridge, March 25, 1861. Bifolium, 8vo, pp. ; a printed letter to the class regarding their submissions for the class year book ("Pedigree on your father's side, tracing back the origin of your family as far as possible ... Various places of residence before coming to college ... What are your plans in life?"); not found in OCLC. Harvard College. Class Day, June 21, 1861. Bifolium, 8vo, pp. ; order of exercises for graduation day, printing on p. 3 an "Ode" by William Franklin Snow in four octets, beginning "Brother Classmates, since first that we met in these halls / Full of pleasure the bright years have flown..." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the class poet, is listed on the program as delivering a "Poem." Brown, AAS and Boston Public in OCLC. Anon. Song for the Class of '61, [Cambridge, 1861]. Broadside, approx. 8" x 5", four octets sung to the tune of the Austrian National Hymn; not found in OCLC. Harvard University. Dinner [menu] for the Graduating Class of 1861, [Cambridge, July 17, Broadside, approx. 8" x 5", 1861]. Seven courses, from Soup and Fish, to Game, Pastry, and Dessert. Served at Parker House; not found in OCLC. Anon. Song for '61. [Cambridge, 1861]. Bifolium, 8vo, pp. ; printed music on p. , and lyrics for verses II-IV on p. ; ("The parting hour holds us here together / The world impatient chides delay"); not found in OCLC. Anon. Song for the Class of '61. [Cambridge, 1861]. Broadside, approx. 8" x 5"; printed music at the top followed by four verses; ("Golden and gladsome the sunlight of youth / Shines in our faces today"); not found in OCLC. Most with traces of previous mounting on versos, the last with corners clipped making the sheet an octagon; in all, very good.
Cambridge: Metcalf and Company, 1856. Not published, 16mo, pp. 68; original brown blind-tooled limp cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt; upper cover starting to detach, dampstaining to top half of fore edge of last 20 leaves; contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper of George B. Young, Harvard University, September, 1856. Harvard only in OCLC as of October, 2013; Kennedy 7401.
Cambridge: Brown, Shattuck, and Company, 1833. First edition, 8vo, pp. xix, , 316, 159 [appendix and index], ; 2 lithograph plates; original brown cloth-backed drab boards, printed paper label on spine; spine with long vertical crack; otherwise a very good copy. Ownership signature of Erastus Brainerd (American journalist and curator, Harvard class of 1919) on flyleaf and upper cover; bookplate of H. R. Bishop, possibly that of Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, the composer of "Home, Sweet Home."
Cambridge: 1856. Broadside, 4¾" x 6¼"; printed pro-forma document completed in manuscript; previous folds; very good. "The [Junior] Class are hereby authorized to hold a meeting in [The Societies Room] at [seven] o'clock, [P.] M., for the purpose of [electing editors of the Harvard Magazine]." Signed in full, "James Walker." James Walker was president of Harvard between 1853 and 1860, and graduated in the class of 1814. He returned to study at Harvard Divinity School, graduating in 1817. He served as the Unitarian Minister of Harvard Church and then as Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity before being elected president. Five periodicals were known to have used the title Harvard Magazine. This notice probably refers to the initial general interest literary journal issued from 1854 to 1864 which included essays and poetry.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Carey, 1828. First edition, 4to, pp. , 8-12, plus 49 leaves of tables; text a bit toned, else a very good copy in later calf-backed marbled boards. Lewis was assisted in the Greek by George Long, and in the German by George Blaettermann. The  leaves bound after p. 12 and contain 23 tables and the  leaves at end include an additional 15 tables. Not in Kennedy or Vancil. In over thirty years of specializing in language books this is the first time we've had it or even seen it.
Hamilton: Griffin & Kidner, 1890. First edition, 8vo, pp. vi, , 10-218; frontispiece portrait, errata slip tipped in at p. v; original gray cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine; edges a bit rubbed and worn, but generally a good, sound copy. Likely a Robertson family copy, signed "J. L. Robertson, Canada, 1891" on flyleaf. Laid in is a 4-p. A.L.s. to Dr. W. M. Robertson from Mary Telford. Jesse Robertson was a Canadian teacher loved by all who passed away at an early age. 6 copies in OCLC, all but Yale in Canada.
Wilmington (Del.): printed and sold by Peter Brynberg, 1803. 12mo, pp. 392, ; 4 full-page illustrations on rhetorical gesture; later half calf over cloth, gilt-ruled spine in five compartments, gilt title in one, marbled edges, ownership signature of Sanford C. Hill on title page with a manuscript note tipped in reading "I became possessed of this book when about 18 or 19 years of age (1814). It was my favorite, to its teachings I am indebted for many life regulations," and dated 1866.