An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. Calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth. And also to instruct them in the Geography, History, and Politics of the United States. To which are prefixed, rules and elocution, and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind. Being the third parts of a grammatical institute of the English language. To which is added, an Appendix, containing several new dialogues. Noah Webster.
An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. Calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth. And also to instruct them in the Geography, History, and Politics of the United States. To which are prefixed, rules and elocution, and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind. Being the third parts of a grammatical institute of the English language. To which is added, an Appendix, containing several new dialogues.
An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. Calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth. And also to instruct them in the Geography, History, and Politics of the United States. To which are prefixed, rules and elocution, and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind. Being the third parts of a grammatical institute of the English language. To which is added, an Appendix, containing several new dialogues.
An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. Calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth. And also to instruct them in the Geography, History, and Politics of the United States. To which are prefixed, rules and elocution, and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind. Being the third parts of a grammatical institute of the English language. To which is added, an Appendix, containing several new dialogues.

An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. Calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth. And also to instruct them in the Geography, History, and Politics of the United States. To which are prefixed, rules and elocution, and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind. Being the third parts of a grammatical institute of the English language. To which is added, an Appendix, containing several new dialogues.

Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews... 1804. [iii-vi] + [7]-240 pages. 12mo., 4 x 7 1/4 inches. Half-sheep and original drab paper boards; lower right front board chipped away; upper right tip worn; spine rubbed; contemporary ownership inscription to title page; lacking free endpapers; leaves browned throughout; a generally sound copy. Last leaf with tear into text (no loss of meaning). Good. Boards. [20253]


Self-styled "Fifteenth edition" with corrections and improvements. First published 1787. "Contents" page at 240. Apparently this book was issued without the usual frontispiece: Cf. Skeel, p. 184. However, the pagination, with the fourth preliminary page numbered vi, is the same as those editions which include the frontispiece. Webster's reader was a constant feature of the American educational landscape during the early 19th century. Many editions. Most copies, like the present example, are found well-thumbed.

Literature:
Skeel & Carpenter, A Bibliography of the Writings of Noah Webster (1958).

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