Oct 14, 2021 - Sale 2582

Sale 2582 - Lot 111

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
The First Spelling Primer; or an Easy Introduction to the Art of Reading Adorned with Emblematic Pictures.

London-Derry [Ireland]: Published by G. Douglas, 1795.

Stated second edition, 32mo single signature of sixteen leaves, the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase letters with the vowels at the bottom printed as a frontispiece; with twenty-six small text woodcuts illustrating the Prince's Alphabet, followed by an ABC poem, The Alphabet in Rhime, syllables of two and three letters, easy words, easy reading lessons, the Lord's Prayer, and a publisher's advertisement leaf aimed at children mentioning four other titles: The Ladder to Learning; Manson's Spelling Primer; Manson's Spelling Book; and The Universal Spelling Book; in publisher's limp paper covers, housed in (but not attached to) a modern folder, toned and worn, 4 x 2 3/4 in.

Rare, no copies at auction; not in ESTC; very few examples of Douglas's work in ESTC, none of his juvenile output, nor any of the titles mentioned in the advertisement leaf listed in any institutions.