Report of the Secretary of the Board of Education, on the Subject of School Houses, Supplementary to His First Annual Report (Senate No. 80, 1838)
(Senate No. 80) Original wraps, 8vo, 64pp. 3 engraved plates showing floorplans and furniture designs. Good condition with some chipping at the spine and modest foxing throughout. A warm appreciation with consideration to light, windows, playgrounds, furniture, ventilation, heating, etc. Philosophizing on breathing and air, "The additional cost of obeying philosophical principles is, at most, trivial." References institutional standards set by the Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia) and the State Lunatic Hospital at Worcester. Produced in Horace Mann's first year as Secretary of the newly formed Massachusetts State Board of Education, an uncommon supplement to the annual reports that became an important part of Mann's written legacy as a progressive educator.