68 Old-time Schools and School-books
Thus they go on through a number of pages, and at the conclusion the Scholar says, " I thank you, honored Sir."
Portion of Page from Fenning's A New and Easy Guide to the Use of the
The ordinary binding of all these colonial school-books was full leather, even when the books were small and thin. Illustrations were used sparingly, and the drawing and engraving were very crude. The volumes of English manufacture were as a rule well printed on good paper; but the American editions were quite inferior, and they continued to make a poor appearance as compared with the trans-Atlantic books until after the middle of the nineteenth century. The most marked typographical contrasts to the present that one observes is the use of the long j, that looks like an fy and the habit of printing beneath the final line of each page the first word of the page following. The catchwords and long s were employed up to 1800, but within the first decade of the new century they were entirely abandoned.