Der Grosse ABC-Buch. Enthaltend: Das ABC, Wurzelworter, und Wurzelworter mit Ihren Angehangten Ableitungssylven...weite Auflage.
[ Children's literature ]. Henkel, Ambrosius.

New-Market, Shenandoah County, Salomon Henkel and J.H. Lawton, 1820. Second edition of a book that first appeared in 1817. The first edition apparently did not have the four pages of additional material at the end. OCLC reports other copies of the second edition without the final four pages, but only one, the copy at Princ Woodcut frontispiece depicting the letters of the alphabet and animals whose names start with each one, woodcut title-page vignette, woodcut alphabets and vignettes in text. Our copy has two final unnumbered leaves with eight woodcuts of different animals, which is quite uncommon. A remarkably fine, bright copy. Original patterned cloth over pictorial printed boards. New endpapers, with presentation inscription from Elan O. Henkel, a descendant of the compiler and printer, dated October 29, 1925. Twelvemo. [2], 92, [4, woodcuts] p (Item ID: 14631)


The Henkels started the first Lutheran printing house in the U.S. in 1806. Ambrosius Henkel, who wrote the primer, also cut the woodblocks for the illustrations.

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