Slate Pictures for the Instruction and Amusement of the Young
"They serve to amuse the pupils when through their studies; and have been introduced into the schools of Syracuse, NY, Salem, Mass., and other cities, with great satisfaction." Moore & Nims published maps and school books in the 1860s, when slate drawing was promoted as an economical method of teaching drawing in the classroom and at home. Educational publishers promoted their own series of the teaching aids, including Louis Prang, and businesses used slate drawing cards to advertise. Of note, a similar 3-part series, "Slate Pictures for the Useful Selfemployment of Young Children," is attributed to Moore & Nims in OCLC. This booklet has a "0" on the bottom of the cover and language on the rear wrap promoting their slate picture series' to teachers. Strictly speculation, but perhaps this booklet was a preview of sorts? Wraps, 6 x 4 inches, 14 unnumbered pages. A string around the middle, old but not original, loosely secures the wraps and 2 sheets/4 leaves, the other 3 leaves (possibly lacking a fourth) are detached. Very fragile, chipping around the edges. Despite the odds, the remaining contents are in good condition, images still intact and generally clean. 2 copies in OCLC (Yale; AAS). Not the most desirable copy, but possibly the only one you'll come across for sale.