The New-England primer, improved; or, An easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading. [electronic resource] : To which is added the Assembly's catechism. : Adorned with cuts.

Uniform title
Boston: : Printed by James Loring, sold wholesale and retail at his bookstore, no. 2, Cornhill., [between 1815 and 1826?]
[64] p. : ill. ; 10 cm.


Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
Early American imprints. First series ; no. 48521. [More in this series]
  • Variant issues noted: issue in hand has title page frame design featuring diamonds and flowers. Page [2] has text beginning with the words, "When thou prayest." Page [2] also features a wood engraving of a boy and a girl kneeling in prayer. Page [61] features a wood engraving of a boy and girl kneeling in prayer before seated parents. Another issue has title page frame design featuring straight lines intertwined with a spiral line. Page [2] has a frontispiece of a boy and girl walking through the forest, with a caption beginning with words, "All good boys and girls." Page [61] features a wood engraving of a man walking with his dog.
  • New England primer bibliographer Charles Heartman located an issue of the New England primer issued by James Loring at 2 Cornhill, Boston with a printed date of 1792. (This copy was listed by Heartman as belonging to collector William L. Clements. See Heartman's New England primer (1934), entry 129.) Heartman estimated that the undated issue in hand was probably published by Loring between 1815 and 1830. Apparently, Heartman took the earlier date from the ending year of the partnership of Manning and Loring (1793-1815). In his Supplement to Charles Evans' American bibliography, Roger P. Bristol supplied the tentative publication date of 1798 for this issue. Imprint statements list Loring's address as 2 Cornhill St. through 1826, after which he is listed at 132 Washington St. One copy in hand bears an inscription dated 1826.
  • Last page blank.
  • In boards with leather spine.
Reproduction note
Electronic text and image data. [Chester, Vt. : Readex, a division of Newsbank, Inc., 2002-2004. Includes files in TIFF, GIF and PDF formats with inclusion of keyword searchable text. (Early American imprints. First series ; no. 48521).
  • Bristol B10406
  • Shipton & Mooney 48521
  • Heartman, C.F. New England primer, 435
  • Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books, n
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Microform version available in the Readex Early American Imprints series.
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United States Massachusetts Boston.
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