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THE LARGER CATECHISM AGREED UPON BY THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER..., [Early American Imprint; Printing History; Stereotype]; Assembly of Devines at Westminster; M'Leod, Alexander
1 [Early American Imprint; Printing History; Stereotype]; Assembly of Devines at Westminster; M'Leod, Alexander THE LARGER CATECHISM AGREED UPON BY THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER...
New York Stereotyped and Printed by J. Watts & Co. for Whiting & Watson, Theological and Classical Booksellers June, 1813 First Edition 
12mo (4¼" X 7¼"). pp. 142. FIRST BOOK STEREOTYPED IN AMERICA. Contemporary speckled sheep with black morocco spine label and 5 sets of double rules dividing the spine into six compartments. The title page of this extremely scarce theological work states: “The first book ever stereotyped in America.” This statement is correct, in that this is the first book printed from stereotype plates made in the United States. In 1812, the Philadelphia Bible Society had already published a stereotype Bible printed from imported plates. (See Silver, p.60).

Contemporary inscription of the front fly-leaf: "Garrarding Northrop's Property Brookfield March 19th 1827"; book plate of M. S. Carothers on front paste down. Leather split along the front hinge, bottom edges of spine chipped away, leather at corners rubbed through, moderate to heavy foxing throughout. Rollo Silver, Typefounding in America (1965), page 60; Sabin 39032; Shaw & Shoemaker 30520. 
Price: 625.00 USD
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TRIUMPHS OF TEMPER A POEM, [Early American Imprints; Women's Studies; Anderson, Alexander (illustrations)]; Hayley, William
2 [Early American Imprints; Women's Studies; Anderson, Alexander (illustrations)]; Hayley, William TRIUMPHS OF TEMPER A POEM
New York T. B. Jansen 1806 First Edition Full calf good 
12mo (4¼" x 6¾"). pp.162. First American editon with Alexander Anderson engravings. Early American tree calf binding with black morocco spine label and gilt decorations on spine. Includes full page wood engraved frontis. and 4 additional full page wood engraved illustrations by Alexander Anderson (1775–1870), considered the father of wood engraving in America, and often called "The American Bewick". Beautiful and evocative illustrations after wood engravings by Anderson, who was the first skilled relief engraver in America, and the first to engrave on end-grain boxwood, forging a path in illustrative techniques that many later 19th C. American illustrators would enulate.

Triumphs of Temper was first published in England in 1781, and was one of the best selling poems of its time. Hayley's simple theme for the poem is that if a girl wants a good husband, she needs to have a good temper. Hayley's poem is important in the study of women's history in that it "marks the move from the view that woman is a softer (and so weaker and more malliable) man to the view that woman is made of something quite different from man and something that is potentially better" (Matthews).

A scarce early American imprint in good condition with a detached front board, dry, flaking leather on the spine, heavy rubbing to the corners with foxing on the prelims and scattered throughout the text. The foxing does not affect any of the illustrations.

Susan Matthews, Blake, Sexuality and Bourgeois Politeness p. 56; Shaw, R.R. American Bibliography, 10538; Pomeroy, J.R. Alexander Anderson, 1775-1870, 193. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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