|Title||New England primer; or, An easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading, to which is added the catechism (pp. 14-15) |
|Publisher||Massachusetts Sabbath School Society|
|Publisher Location||United States--Massachusetts--Boston |
|Publication Date||1843 |
|Image Production Process||Relief prints--woodcuts|
|Notes||Chapbook with uncolored woodcut illustrations.|
Lessons for beginning reading instruction include an illustrated alphabet, syllabariums of two letters to six letter syllables, religious prayers, hymns and maxims drawn from the King James Bible. Also included are catechisms and moral lessons in the form of verse such as "A dialogue between Christ, a youth and the devil", and "The Dutiful child's promise" which instructs a child to obey his parents.
Depicts the letters T through Z with accompanying illustrations and verse (Time, Uriah, Whale, Xerxes, Youth, and Zaccheus). The verses for this page reads: "Time cuts down all, Both great and small; Uriah's beautious wife made David seek his life; Whales in the sea God's voice obey. Xerxes the Great did die, And so must you and I. Youth forward slips, Death soonest nips".
Page 15 contains lessons for children including one that reads: "A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother".
|Contextual Notes||The New England Primer was rigidly formulaic. This oft-reprinted religious primer is the subject of many bibliographies. Hundreds of editions are known to have been printed, perhaps as many as there were printing presses in colonial America. The book was dubbed "The Little Bible" and used in both public and Sunday (religious) schools and was one of the most successful educational textbook published the early days of United States history. |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Catechisms |
Bibles and religious works
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL0442 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection. PE 1119 A1 N5 1843 |
|Physical Description||64 p.: illustrated; 11 x 7 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original book at 400-600 dpi in TIFF format using a ScanMaker 6800, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist 6.5 |