Math & Money
Books about numbers escaped most of the burdens that plagued the creators of primers and readers. Books aimed at teaching arithmetic, geometry and currencies were often colorful, full of graphic diagrams, sometimes humorous, and (perhaps most importantly) free of religion and morality. Multiplication books had pictures claiming certain counts and it would be irresistible for the student not to check the illustrator's accuracy in those counts.
VICTORIAN PENCIL HOLDER WITH MECHANICAL MULTIPLIER. Patent date of 1898. Color lithographed tin. Measurements are in inches and centimeters. Exhibit checklist 7.1 (View this item)
NORTH AMERICAN ARITHMETIC PART FIRST, FOR YOUNG LEARNERS. By Frederick Emerson. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., ©1838.
WIE VIEL SIND'S? : EIN BILDERBUCH. By Adolf Holst. Illustrated by Arpad Schmidhammer. Mainz: J. Scholz, [190-?].