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The American Preceptor; Being a New Selection of Lessons for Reading and Speaking, by Caleb Bingham, A. M. Fourth Edition.
1797, Boston, Manning and Loring. pp. 228.
Writings by Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson, Berquin, Dwight, Ellicott, Morse, etc.
Period early American half-leather binding, smooth spine with stamped ornamentation in the compartments, red morocco gilt spine label, marbled boards.
Interesting and uncommon late 18th century American grammar and reading reference.
Spine leather scuffed in tiny spots and surface cracking slightly near head of front joint, boards rubbed with some mysterious light old offsetting from text, moderate foxing / age toning throughout the textblock with some evidence at the front of old light damp staining, a few pages with minor short edge splits. Corner leather of both boards seemingly replaced long ago. Old historical society paper bookplate to pastedown.
Overall tight, sound and quite well preserved with a fine shelf appearance and unusual spine ornamentation not often seen on American bindings of this era.
Scarce early American educational text.
Book measures: 6 3/4" H X 4 1/8" W.