1896 1896 History of the Horn-Book
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of this work. Complete in two volumes. Volume I with three hornbooks to the pocket to the front. One is a leather covered oaken hornbook, in Roman letter, stamped with the effigy of Charles II on horseback. The second is an early uncovered horn-book in black letter. The third is an uncovered oaken horn-book of the later period. Volume II with four hornbooks to the pocket to the front. One is a cardboard hornbook. The second is 'The British battledore' on hornbook. The third is 'The Royal Battledore'. The fourth of a later 'Battledore'. Volume I with a frontispiece, colour vignette to the title page, one double-paged plate, and numerous in-text illustrations. Volume II with a frontispiece, colour vignette to the title page, two folding plates, one plate, and numerous in-text illustrations. This work is a duodecimo. This work is considered to be the best study on horn-books. Hornbooks originated in around 1450 in England. They were used as a primer for study, and in children's education, the term generally refers to a leaf or page displaying the alphabet, or religious materials, attached to a frame with a handle. They could be mounted on wood, bone, leather, or stone. English monks began to make hornbooks, intending to help teach their students how to read. There are some notes on hornbooks in this work which hadn't been printed before this publication. At first the author discusses the history and origination of hornbooks, before looking in detail at many historic examples of hornbooks. Written by Andrew White Tuer. This is considered to be his best and most important work. He also founded the Leadenhall Press, who published this work. It was founded as the publishing division of the partnership of Field & Tuer. It moved to 50 Leadenhall Street in 1868. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto of the front endpaper of Volume I, 'Elsie Chick, from J. A. B. April 1912'. With one page of publisher's adverts to the rear.
In the original vellum binding. Externally, generally smart. Light discolouration to the boards and spines, as is usual with vellum. Some rubbing to the spine labels. Light marks to the boards. Internally, binding is strained in places. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd spot, mostly to the first and last few pages. Metal furniture on one of the hornbooks is damaged.
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