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Lot 1002: Noah Webster HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO WHICH IS PREFIXED A BRIEF HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF OUR [ENGLISH] ANCESTORS 1833 Early Printing Textual IllustrationsPlatinum House
November 18, 2012
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: History of the United States To Which Is Prefixed a Brief Historical Account of Our [English] Ancestors, from the Dispersion at Babel, to Their Migration to America and of the Conquest of South America by the Spaniards
Author: Noah Webster - Noah Webster, Jr. was a lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education." His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of American children how to spell and read, secularizing their education. According to Ellis (1979) he gave Americans "a secular catechism to the nation-state." His name became synonymous with "dictionary," especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as "An American Dictionary of the English Language."
Publisher: Durrie & Peck
City: New Haven
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 324 pages
Width: 4" Height: 6"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in quarter leather, with printed paper-covered boards. Book shows external wear, with cracking along spine edges and rubbing to covers. Minor loss can be seen at corners of boards. Front board is nearly detached. Previous owner's signature appears at top of front flyleaf, offsetting is also visible from newspaper clipping pasted on following page. Gift inscription appears on preliminary blank page. Pages display foxing throughout. A small number of pages have marginalia. Contains numerous textual illustrations.
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