Lititz, Pennsylvania: Circa 1863-1868. Wraps. Nine workbooks used by the same student ranging in size from 6.25” x 7.5” to 8.5” x 7”. All have sound bindings. All are lightly soiled but in nice shape. One of the booklets has some mouse predation on the rear cover. The collection includes:
(1) Untited, undated workbook, circa 1863. Decoration on the front cover; multiplication table on the reverse.
(2&3) Two workbooks published by Bast & Miller of Philadelphia “for wants of Country Merchants,” One dated 1863 (manuscript). Cover illustrations feature images of George Caleb Bingham’s The Jolly Flatboatmen and the Hibernia Hand Fire Engine of 1836 built by John Agnew. Bast & Miller advertisement on reverse.
(4) T. Kirk White’s New and Original System of Commercial Penmanship. . .. by T.K. White. “No. 1. White’s Copy Books.” Published by Sower, Barnes & Co. of Philadelphia. Copyright 1858 but probably used in the mid-1860s. Decorative design on cover. Advertisements for schoolbooks, maps, and Pennsylvania Commercial College on reverse.
(5) Potter & Hammond’s Synthetical, Analytical and Progress System of Penmanship in Twelve Numbers (No. 2). Published by Schermerhorn, Bancroft & Co. of Philadelphia. Copyright 1861 but probably used in the mid-1860s. Ornate decorations featuring hands with quills on the front cover. Advertisements for the American School Institute (a teachers’ hiring office) and A. G. Scholfield’s Commercial Academy (a business school) on the reverse.
(6) Ellsworth’s Systematically Arranged Copy Books 2. By H. W. Ellsworth. New York, etc.: H. W. Ellsworth, D. Appleton & Co. etc. Copyright 1861 but probably used in the mid-to-late 1860s. Decorations to the front cover. Advertisement for “Copy-Slips . . . Designed for Slate Practice. . ..” on the reverse.
(7) Specimens of Penmanship published by Miller & Elder of Philadelphia, 1868 (manuscript). Cover features small vignettes including George Washington, a patriotic sailor and Lady Liberty carrying flags, a girl working on her penmanship, and a hand holding a quill pen. Tables (Numeration, English Money, Multiplication, Weights and Measures) on reverse.
(8 & 9) Two workbooks (numbers 4 and 5) from the Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship by P. R. Spencer, et. al. New York: Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman, & Co.; Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Co.; and Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Co. Copyright 1864, but probably used in the late 1860s. Ornate front cover featuring two hands with Spencer pens and an impressive domed building. Ivison Advertisement for Spencerian Pens (illustrated), School and College Text-Books, Webster’s Dictionaries, etc. on reverse. Very good. Item #009491
A nice collection of penmanship books showing a student’s improvement over a six-year period.