New York: James Miller, 647 Broadway, (1875); green cloth with gilt titles and black stamped drawings of animals, pale yellow endpapers, 6 pages of introduction followed by 24 pages of notes in two column small font, 472 exercises, most several to a page; np. Juvenile hardcover.
Originally published in London in the late 1830's and fascinating for its view of children's learning (4 to 5 to 10 or 12). The object was to start from a young child's perception of the whole, to correct gently if at all, and to alternate this copying with drawing from life and from the imagination. " to teach him to think and act for himself, not to teach him to imitate another." The book contains an introduction on the principles of art education, notes to the teacher on every exercise, and 150 woodcuts to copy, most of common objects, dogs, and cows. The rather crude drawings were intentional; perspective, foreshortening, and shading were treated only briefly at the very end. (In the 1840s large drawing copies, for use by 40 or 50 children at a time, were also published).
CONDITION: Very Good; faint 1877 name and address on free endpaper, straight and tight with bright gilt, spine creases rubbed with 1/4" tear at top, extremities bumped and lightly frayed; the first few drawing pages show some signs of handling but all pages are clean and unwrinkled. Item #22481