|Title||The eclectic primer: with progressive lessons for young children (title page) |
|Author||McGuffey, William Holmes, 1800-1873 |
|Publisher||Truman and Smith|
|Publisher Location||United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati |
|Publication Date||1837 |
|Image Production Process||Relief prints--woodcuts|
|Notes||Chapbook with uncolored woodcut illustrations.|
Part of the Eclectic School Series.
Primer with lessons that get progressively more difficult until by the end, the child is reading short stories.
Designed to precede W. H. M'Guffey's Eclectic Readers.
The illustration on the title page is the same as that on the cover. It depicts a child holding a board with the letter "B" printed on it. Boards with the letters "A" and "C" printed on them lay beside him.
|Contextual Notes||McGuffey was born and raised in the Ohio River valley. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and taught at Miami University (Oxford, OH) before accepting the presidency of several area colleges. He was better at teaching than administering and ultimately landed at the University of Virginia where he enjoyed success as a scholar and teacher. In 1836, McGuffey contracted with Truman and Smith to create a series of readers. These 19th century readers became some of the best known school books in the history of American education. As of 1961, it is estimated that over 122 million copies had been sold. According to publisher Smith, McGuffey's books were "adapted to the habits, energy, and ideals of the frontier people of the West." Their success relied on careful selection of material, vocabularies and concepts that were challenging, and solid morality lessons. |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Readers (Primary) |
|Category||Primers (Instructional books)|
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL0124 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Physical Description||35 p.: illustrated; 15 x 9.5 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Photographed from original book in TIFF format using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2009. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist 11.10 |