The Art of Writing Reduced to a Plain and Easy System on a Plan Entirely New, in Seven Books. John Jenkins.
The Art of Writing Reduced to a Plain and Easy System on a Plan Entirely New, in Seven Books

The Art of Writing Reduced to a Plain and Easy System on a Plan Entirely New, in Seven Books.

Cambridge: Printed for the Author, [1813].

Second edition. Engraved title page and portrait frontispiece, plus 10 engraved plates. xlviii, 68, [4] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original boards paper spine. Fine copy, with the bookplate of Essex Institute Nash, American Writing Masters, pp.26-34; Shaw & Shoemaker 28833. Item #36914

Book I of Jenkin's work first appeared in Boston in 1791 as a small 32pp. pamphlet. It appears here in its greatly expanded form. The author's original plan to extend the set to seven volumes seems never to have materialized. Jenkins' system is an ingenious and radical departure from previous systems of instruction, and attempts to analyze the alphabet into 6 basic strokes of the pen.

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