[between 1815 and 1826] · Boston
An early 19th-century edition of the most popular schoolbook for children in New England and adjacent areas during the colonial era and early republic, originally printed circa 1690. The contents include alphabets, "easy syllables," words of one to five syllables, a speller, a reader, and a catechism — the lot illustrated with attractive woodcuts, including => five good-sized ones. (The largest is "The Burning of Mr. JOHN ROGERS").
There are multiple variants of this title as issued by Loring. "In the present printing, the title page frame design featuring straight lines intertwined with a spiral line. Page  has a frontispiece of a boy and girl walking through the forest, with a caption beginning with words 'All good boys and girls.' Page  features a wood engraving of a man walking with his dog" (AAS catalogue record).
Provenance: Title-page with "M.S. [or possibly "A.S.") Hubbard printed, in old ink, at top.
Owner's modification: This edition of this work was issued in "shingle boards" with a leather shelfback and blue paper over the boards. An early owner has covered the spine and outside of the boards with a piece of polychrome paper that its now so faded that its original colors are not clearly determinable — though the pattern was apparently(?) floral!
Shaw & Shoemaker 35424; Rosenbach, Children, 531; Heartman 445. Publisher's binding, modified as above, some of the later paper flaked off especially from spine; as with most recorded copies, the first and last leaf are pasted to the appropriate boards of the binding. Small area of worming to inside of front board with loss of two words ("blesses them") of caption of the frontispiece, and evidence of a onetime paper adherence to plate; part of image of last leaf (pasted to inside of rear board) abraded or torn off. Pages age-toned and with a few stains. => A far better than average copy, given the usual state of these much-used schoolbooks. (Inventory #: 36829)