Title: The Village Reader: Designed for the Use of ...
Publisher: G. & C. Merriam
Publication Date: 1841
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition, 12mo, xvi, 300pp, one b/w illustration in text, full brown calf, gilt title on black label on spine. Leather splitting along both hinges but holding, tear to leather spine up 3 inches and across creating a flap on bottom half of spine, covers stained and soiled, previous owner signature on front pastedown, front free endpaper missing, binding holding but hinges cracked and loose, several signatures proud, some spotting and soil to interior pages. Good minus copy. "It may seem superfluous to say, that, in [the Compiler's] estimation, the object to be kept primarily in view, in compiling a Reading Book, should be, to make a selection of such pieces as are most likely to promote the advancement of the pupil in the art of reading. Other incidental objects may, and doubtless should, be taken into consideration. It may be desirable to impart information to the scholar upon a variety of topics while he is learning to read; - to add to his knowledge of History, or Geography, or Agriculture, and especially to instil into his mind the principles of morality and religion; but, truism as it may seem, the object of a reading book should be, to teach the art of reading; - an end which may be lost sight of, in endeavors to promote some other, very useful, but very different object." - From the Preface. Contents include selections from Aesop, Mary Howitt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mrs. Sigourney, Miss Sedgwick, D'Israeli, Walter Scott, Lyman Beecher. Bookseller Inventory # 2458
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