New York: Published by D. Appleton & Co., 443 & 445 Broadway, [1859ff.].
(17.5 x 10.5 cm.), , 168,  pages. Illustrated. Publisher's advertisements front and rear, including endpapers. Date of publication from address of publisher (Appleton moved to this address from 346 & 348 Broadway in 1859, and publisher's advertisement at rear is dated 1859; note the text on the printed boards still states "346 & 348 Broadway"). ~ Revised edition. A later edition of Webster's greatly influential spelling book. "In 1783, Noah Webster published A Grammatical Institute of the English Language. It was a concise dictionary for adults and a precursor to the 1828/1829 compendium, An American Dictionary of the English Language. Webster modeled his spellers and dictionaries after English imports, but included American words, definitions, and pronunciations. He believed that Americanizing spelling, grammar, and pronunciation would unify the new nation. Webster revised the first speller in 1787 under the title of The American Spelling Book and included tables of pronunciations, common abbreviations, and reading lessons for schools at the back of the book. Webster’s son, William, adapted this sequel for school children in 1844, shortly after his father's death. This edition was used by the majority of literate Americans well into the mid-20th century." (Smithsonian Insitution online catalogue). A few pages with small dog ears; some light soiling. In publisher's black-printed blue, paper-covered boards (thus the popular name, "blue-backs"), backed in faded red cloth. Small chip to cloth in front hinge, some bumping to corners, otherwise very good. [Skeel, page 129].