Item #17578 Youthful Dialogues. By a Teacher. Education.
Youthful Dialogues. By a Teacher.
Youthful Dialogues. By a Teacher.

Youthful Dialogues. By a Teacher.

Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, [n.d., ca. 1828]. Early edition. The earliest copy noted by OCLC apparently has 1828 on the title-page, and this copy can’t have been published much later. OCLC also only lists copies that claim to be revised, as ours does. A scarce book regardless, as OCLC lists only thirteen physical copies of any edition. We could find no indication of who the author is. Engraved frontispiece. Binding extremities a bit worn and rubbed. Lacking blank preliminary and terminal leaves. Very light foxing, the occasional minor stain. A very good copy of a rare, fragile book. Quarter red roan over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Twelvemo. 54 pp. Item #17578

The present work consists of four dialogues, each between two characters, that wish to instill morality in young readers by addressing the following topics: keeping good company, reading, the Bible, on collecting donations for church, rising early, regular and punctual attendance at Sunday school, animal cruelty (dog fights, cock fighting, etc.), violence for sport (fist-fighting), and more.

The American Sunday School Union was founded in 1817 as the “Sunday and Adult School Union,” changing its name to the American Sunday School Union in 1824. It changed its name to the American Missionary Fellowship in 1974, and to In Faith in 2011, but its work continues today. Its primary mission has been starting Sunday schools in rural communities. It eventually became known for its publications and its ticket reward system for Sunday school students who memorized Scripture. Several influential nineteenth-century figures served as ASSU officers, including Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) and U.S. Mint Director and the thirteenth governor of Pennsylvania James Pollock (1810-1890).

Price: $300.00

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