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Thompson's Pocket Speller.

By F. M. Thompson.

Danbury, Conn.: F. M. Thompson, 1892. 20th edition (copyright 1890-92 on title page), 24mo (5 ½" x 2 ¼"), burgundy cloth (imitation seal), 133 pages, thumb-indexed, edged in red. Condition: VERY GOOD- with light edgewear all around, front board is just starting, one signature is loose, internally clean, a tiny printed "Appendicitis" has been glued to the last page (!). A pocket companion of words in common use which contains over 22,800 words; various rules and forms for daily use have been included ( given names of men and women; rules of grammar,; state abbreviations; forms of letters and notes, combinations of shades that make different colors; domestic rates of postage (first class: 2 cents / ounce); table manners ("if you are a woman: to talk low and avoid irritating discussions"); out-of-door manners; rules of etiquette; weights and measures; and more! (this little book is all you will ever need... and it originally only cost 25 cents.) . Hardcover. VG-.


Girl's Christian Names: Their History, Meaning and Association

By Swan, Helena

Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1973. 1st thus edition [first published in 1900 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London], 16mo, garnet cloth [lovely color!] / gilt titles, 516 pages, index. VERY GOOD+ book / VERY GOOD+ jacket: book has very faint spotting to top page edge, owner name on front endpaper, otherwise like new; jacket has small chip to spine head, slightly sunned spine, clipped [but not the price]. First Thus Edition. Hardcover. VG+/VG+.


The Analytical reader containing lessons in simultaneous reading and defining, with spelling from the same. Stereotype Edition.

By Putnam, Samuel.

Dover, NH: Samuel C. Stevens / George W. Ela [printer], 1830., 1830. " which are added questions and references to an appendix, containing sketches of characters, persons and places, alluded to in the work." 16mo, paper-backed boards, leather backstrip, 228pp. GOOD+: edgewear at corners, typical lt. scattered foxing, owner name on fep (Windsor, Vermont 1830). Hard Cover. G+.


The Art of written forms: the theory and practice of calligraphy.

By Anderson, Donald M.

NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969. 1st edition [number line], 4to, gray/black linen cloth, 358 pages, b/w illustrations, bibliography. VERY GOOD book / VERY GOOD- jacket: book has small tear to spine head; jacket has light yellowing to white, light edgewear, a 1" closed tear, tear at spine head.. First Edition. Hardcover. VG/VG-.