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

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164 Old-time Schools and School-books
had to do with the corners. When the leaves began to be dog-eared, he would get out his knife and care­fully pare off the page corners of the entire book;
and if he had an
eye for beauty, he was not satisfied with a straight cut, but would round the corners. As soon as the leaves again showed a dog­eared tendency, the paring pro­cess was repeated. For nearly fifty years after the Revolution the common text­book binding was either full leather, or was a leather back attached to sides of wood that were pasted over
A Protecting Cover of Leather stitched with Tow. Reduced one-third.
with blue paper. The full leather
books, unless quite thin, had the titles on the backs; the others had no lettering. Occasionally, instead of blue paper, there was marble paper or a fancy paper suggestive of wall-paper on the sides. The earliest book I
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