Sanders’ Pictorial Primer: or an Introduction to “Sanders’ First Reader”

1846 Baseball Image

Sanders’ Pictorial Primer: or an Introduction to “Sanders’ First Reader”.

New York: Published by Mark H. Newman & Co, (1846).

Frontispiece illustration showing pitcher and a batter repeated on p. 23 with the caption “The Play Ground.” Numerous engravings. 48 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 1846 Baseball Image. Contemporary cloth-backed green boards. Some light scattered foxing; Very Good. American Imprint 46-6243; Block, Baseball before We Knew It, p. 209. Item #232320

Charles Sanders was the author of a very successful series of school readers. His first primer was published in 1840 with the same image, and the “Pictorial Primer” appeared in 1846. American Imprints cites two other edition of the Pictorial Primer in the 1846 volume; OCLC adds two more. The American Antiquarian Society dates this edition as “between 1846 and 1850?” based on the imprint. A new edition of the “Pictorial Primer” copyrighted 1858 has a baseball-playing illustration with the same caption but a different image.

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