Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Old 1873 GERMAN PRIMER Standard Series No 1 HC Textbook

Old 1873 GERMAN PRIMER Standard Series No 1 HC Textbook - eBay (item 310023299810 end time Feb-20-08 19:00:18 PST)

This vintage hardcover German textbook is very old with a forward (forwort) dated 1873. The German Primer Standard German Series No. 1 by D.H. Lueken was published by Geo. Brumder, Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis.

I think it's fascinating to see the letters in German, printed in heavy black fancy font called German black letter. The handwriting lessons teach readers to make letters stick straight unlike American English penmanship that wants curved letters.

It starts out teaching letters and ends up with whole pages of script to read and copy. The next pages look like quizzes. The last page is sheet music.

The little hardcover book shows much wear. Many, many pages had pencil scribbles we've erased. The hinges are loose, one page is loose and rather ragged, and the covers have so much wear the corners are rounded off. It's surprising the pages are still generally strong instead of brittle.

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