Greenfield: printed by Denio and Phelps, . First edition, 8vo, pp. 20; stitched, as issued; some toning and foxing, fore-margin a bit worn; good and sound. Olds had previously taught mathematics at Williams College, leaving after several years to study theology. At the time of this appointment he was pastor of a Presbysterian congregation in Greenfield. He resigned his pastorate and accepted the appointment to Middlebury in 1816, contingent upon the college paying his salary while Olds attended the lectures of Benjamin Silliman at Yale. He did so, and was advised by Silliman that he should also attend the lectures on mineralogy. This was too much for Middlebury. President Davis had already requested that reimbursement be deferred for want of funds in the college treasury, and now it was charged that Olds was taking too much time before entering upon his duties. For Olds, it was a simple case of him being stiffed, on top of which the college was smearing his reputation. He subsequently found employment as the first Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Amherst. American Imprints 45157; Sabin 56166 (note).
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Philadelphia: Robert Davis, Publisher, 1837. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 4-323; illustrated with an occasional chart and diagram; original green cloth with paper label on the spine; good and sound with the front joint starting and mild spotting to the pastedowns. Mercantile Library of New York stamp on the title page. An early American text on formulating and dissecting arguments, Aristotelian syllogism, understanding fallacies, with exercises at the end "to develop the reasoning powers of the youthful inquirer after truth." American Imprints 46122.
Philadelphia: Ackerman & Hancock, 1803. 8vo, pp. , 62, 4; engraved folding frontispiece chart serving as a specimen of the larger project; quarter calf over marbled paper boards, boards worn, some offsetting on title page from plate, two lines with contemporary underlining, presentation inscription and library plates on endpapers; good and sound. Complete as per Shaw and Shoemaker 4910, but with some copies on OCLC indicating a further 20 plates of charts. If copies which such plates exist, they are rare, as none appear to have shown up in the trade recently and library records note their copies as lacking them if they are mentioned at all. Joseph Priestley was a polymath and known best for his achievements in science, including the discovery of oxygen, but he also committed great effort to the improvement of pedagogy. His charts on biography and history were intended to allow the student to take a broad view and make clearer connections between historical events.
New-London [CT]: printed by J. Springer for C. T. Green, and S. Green; and J. Trumbull, Norwich, 1796. First American edition, 12mo, pp. x, 102, ; contemporary green paper-covered boards backed in calf; waterstains on boards and first and last few leaves, corners rubbed, signature of Gamaliel Manning on front endpaper, library bookplate on pastedown, textblock very good and sound. Joseph Priestley was a polymath and known best for his achievements in science, including the discovery of oxygen, but he also committed great effort to the improvement of pedagogy. He emphasized the study of history above that of classical language, and encouraged the education of women as a means of imparting moral fiber. His liberal approach to education and his criticism of state-run education was well received in the US.
London: R. Gilbert, 1827. First edition, 8vo, pp. 24; pages slightly foxed and browned, removed, else good or better. Staton and Tremaine 1461: "The university for which Strachan appeals, was founded in 1827 as King's College, with Strachan as its first president." From the library of William Sandys Wright Vaux.
[New York]: printed for the College, 1876. First edition, small 8vo, pp. , 243; vignette title-p.; slightly rubbed, but a very good, sound copy in contemporary half brown morocco, gilt lettering on spine. Includes an apendix containing the original charter and the acts of the legislature altering and amending the same.
Philadelphia: Henry Perkins; Boston: Perkins, Marvin & Co., 1836. 12mo, pp. 321, ; 6 full-page woodcut illustrations; contemporary road-backed cloth-covered boards, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine; spine and extremities rubbed; good and sound. "Preface to the Fourth Edition" is in English, otherwise in French throughout. Apparently used as a textbook for teaching French. American Imprints 39855; Sabin 27502.
New Haven: from Sidney's Press for Increase Cooke, 1806. Second edition, 12mo, pp. 224,  table of contents; contemporary 1/4 sheep and drab paper-covered boards, rubbed and worn at extremes, but tight and firm, text browning throughout with some spotting, overall a good, sound copy. The volume is divided into eight sections, numbered 14 to 21, and continues the historical, geographical, agricultural, and political discussions begun in volume I, first published in 1802. The second edition of vol. II adds the text of Washington's Farewell Address. Josiah Meigs, president of the University of Georgia, praised both volumes in 1804 in a letter to his friend Webster: "I am much pleased with your manner of describing our North America. You have risen from the briars and brambles of detail and given us a luminous and comprehensive view of a WHOLE. I shall use my influence to introduce it into our schools... ." Skeel 545 (see also Skeel 544).
Sandbornton, N.H. Charles Lane, [ca. 1836-8]. Small 8vo, pp. 144; wood-engraved illustrations throughout; contemporary brown paper-backed blue boards (some water stains), shelf wear, wooden boards exposed in various places, 1/4-inch loss at spine head, hinges weak; foxing, pages uniformly toned; interior in over all good condition. 1817 copyright application printed on t.p. verso. Skeel 256a.
New York, Cincinnati, & Chicago: American Book Company, n.d., [after 1908 and likely late teens]. 12mo, pp. 174,  ads for Webster's New International, and the Third Collegiate which wasn't published until 1916; 10 wood-engravings illustrating fables, frontispiece testimonial; some dampstaining on the covers, otherwise a very good copy in original blue pictorial boards, red cloth shelfback. One of the last iterations of one of the most influential of American books.
New Havens: S. Babcock, 1839. First edition, small 8vo, pp. viii, -248; full contemporary sheep rebacked; good, sound copy, with an important presentation, "To Professor Silliman with the author's regards." A tear through the presentation has been skillfully mended and as the inscription is written in red pencil it is a bit faint. With Silliman's bookplate on the front pastedown, and the subsequent bookplate of Henry McIntosh. In a quarter brown morocco clamshell box. Skeel 574. Silliman was perhaps the best-known scientific man in America in the first half of the 19th century, a highly respected professor of chemistry and natural history at Yale and a long-time friend of Webster's. Like Webster he was an editor, a compiler of textbooks, and a prominent Connecticut citizen and Yale alumnus.
Williamstown: [H.S. Taylor], 1847. Slim 8vo, pp. vi, 99; contemporary green blind-tooled cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover, yellow endpapers, spine rebacked with black tape; ex-Minnesota Historical Society with usual markings; general light shelf wear, bottom fore edge corner of first half of text block creased, else interior very good.
New York: published by the order of the Board of Trustees, printed by William A. Mercein, 1826. 8vo, pp. 24; minor foxing throughout and a few tiny dampstains here and there; wrappers wanting. Contains a list of the Board of Trustees, including the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. On the rear the price for each course offered by the high-school is listed. All the instructors are female, and course offerings included spelling, English grammar, French language, natural history, natural philosophy, sewing, and Euclidean geometry. President John T. Irving's address was given on the day that the first American high school to admit female students opened. A fascinating piece of history from a historic day for women. Not in Sabin. American Imprints 24960.
Hartford: printed by Hudson and Goodwin, for Oliver D. and I. Cooke, 1799. First American edition, 12mo, pp. xxiv, 211,  ads; contemporary full calf, boards scuffed with morocco label on spine partially perished, light stain in gutter of last few leaves, else clean and sound. Mary Pilkington was primarily a governess and a novelist, with over 40 titles attributed to her. Her Mirror was intended as a textbook to aid in instructing girls in school. It led a trend of similar collections of female biography. Evans 36117; Sabin 62852.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1885-1912. 6 volumes, large 8vo, pp. viii, 788; 793; 726; 752; 815; 844; publisher's blue cloth, University emblem stamped in gilt on upper covers, gilt-lettering on spines; all volumes except volume 5 presentation copies; ex-Minnesota Historical Society with usual markings, gift bookplates from the University; general light shelf wear, volumes 5 and 6 unopened. A very good set.