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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Vintage CHARLIE BROWN DICTIONARY Big Colorful 1973 HC!

Vintage CHARLIE BROWN DICTIONARY Big Colorful 1973 HC! - eBay (item 310023248381 end time Feb-20-08 17:04:42 PST)

This vintage hardcover book The Charlie Brown Dictionary by Charles M. Schulz has over 580 pictures in full color, 2400 words defined, based on The Rainbow Dictionary by Wendell W. Wright, Dean of the School of Education, Indiana University. This is the first printing, 1973. The Rainbow Dictionary it's based on is a classic from 1947.

It's charming with the Peanuts gang doing things that illustrate words, and the text helps the reader understand the meaning of the word in several ways.

For instance: "above Linus is standing above Lucy. Linus is standing over Lucy. He is higher that she is." The illustration shows Linus standing on the back of the chair (much like a vulture) where Lucy is reading a book.

It's a big and heavy hardcover book at 11 3/8 inches by 8 3/8 inches by 1 1/4 inches with 400 colorful pages.

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