An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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Old-time Schools and School-books
as could be realized even for copies ante­dating 1800. Any­thing more recent is seldom worth over a dollar or two.
The covers of the New England prim­ers were usually of thin oak, that cracked and splin­tered badly with use, in spite of the coarse blue paper which was pasted over the wood. The back was of leather. Neither back nor sides had any print-


ing on them. Most editions of the primer contained a frontis­piece. For this a rudely engraved portrait of the reign­ing English monarch was customary until the Revolution, when one or another of the American patriots had the honor. After the war Washington was the favorite frontis­piece character. Sometimes a school scene was substituted, as in the cut reproduced from the Brookfield edition. This same picture is to be

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