1790 · [no place of publication stated]
by [no author]
[no place of publication stated]: LeRoy Phillips, 1790. Later printing. Wraps. Near Fine. Later printing. Not paginated. 4 5/8 x 3 3/8 inches. Grey printed wrappers with title "The New England PRIMER | Twentieth Century Reprint | LeRoy Phillips" on the front. Device of The Athenaeum Press on the rear. Spine with no markings. Wraps. "We present herewith a fascimile reproduction fo the New England Primer,, from an original published, as nearly as can nbe determined, between the years 1785 and 1790, and now owned by Mr. G. A. Plimpton of New York. The last eaf of this original is missing; that leaf in this edition is printed from modern type. The binding of this original is literally of boards, not in the modern sense of pasteboard, but strops of wood one-eighth of an inch thick covered with thin paper. To reproduce this binding exactly was too difficult a matter for our bookbinder, so we have contented ourselves with the paper binding in which so many of the early editions of The PRIMER appeared..." (the Foreword)
The reproduced title page in our example is for original publisher: "Boston: E. Draper for B. Larkin, in Cornhill." While readable, the reproduction quality is spotty.
Very similar to the Ginn & Co facsimiles that were done circa 1901-1905 and included publisher advertisements in the rear. This LeRoy Phillips edition does not have an advertisement section in rear, nor does it note a date, but came from the same Athenaeum Press (albeit with a different printer device printed on the rear wrapper).
One copy in OCLC Worldcat at Vanderbilt University (OCLC Acc #1143432414) which dates this item as circa 1900.
(Inventory #: 28926)