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    Phenomenal Eighteenth Century Hand-Illustrated Schoolbook. A 126 page hand-bound arithmetic schoolbook, 1779-1780, folio (8" x 14"), held in a leather folder having once belonged to two students at the Union School (possibly New York or Connecticut). This fascinating copybook is filled with stunning calligraphy and folk art drawings of birds, flowers, intertwining vines, animals, serpents, people, dragons, and various other designs. The primary content of the book is arithmetic topics such as compound interest, troy weight, avoirdupois weight, decimals, wine measure, beer measure and, of course, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The end of the book features a few pages of writing practice, including three pages of a prayer written in a beautiful, flowing style with stunning scrolling letters. The two student's names appear on the inside front cover "A David Brills Book, B Peter Lossing" with the inscription "Evil corrupts good Communications and manners". It is possible the schoolbook came from a Union School in Connecticut as several Union Schools were in New London, West Haven, and Farmington during this time period. However, Brill and Lossing were popular names in Dutchess County, New York at the time. The manuscript is in very good condition with the typical age toning and foxing to the interior pages.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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