Item #1002533 The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales. Samuel Griswold Goodrich.
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales
The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales

The Second Book of History, Including the Modern History of Europe, Africa, and Asia . . . by the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales

Boston: Charles J. Hendee, 1836. Octavo, measuring 7 x 5.5 inches: 180. Original pale blue pictorial paper boards backed in sheep, smooth spine gilt in compartments. Text printed in two columns, wood-engraved frontispiece and wood engravings throughout text, sixteen engraved maps inserted at rear. Pencil ownership inscription to front free endpaper dated 1860. Light scattered foxing, soiling and shelfwear to boards.

Self-professed eleventh edition of this popular American reader by “Peter Parley,” although other “eleventh editions” appear with earlier publication dates. The first edition of The Second Book of History appeared in Boston in 1832; the book was reprinted widely by publishers in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia over the following decade. “Peter Parley” was the fictional creation of Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793-1860), who was inspired by the English writer Hannah More to produce educational works for children. In this volume, he offers an illustrated historical tour of Europe, Africa, and Asia for young Americans. The first half of the book is devoted to a detailed history of England, Scotland, and Ireland: “Great Britain stands at the head of commercial nations, and they are all more or less dependent upon her art and industry.” A much brisker treatment of the rest of the Eastern Hemisphere follows. The primary interest for readers today lies in the lively (and often fantastic) wood-engraved illustrations, depicting events and costumes from around the world. A very good copy.

Price: $75.00

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