Richmond, Virginia: George L. Bidgood, 1865. Fifth Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Item #26844
162 pages; illustrated with small woodcuts; with alphabet, print & script handwriting, spelling and pronunciation & usage instruction for the young. "The sectional tensions in the1850s inspired among Southerners a drive to produce their own textbooks to counter the North's total dominance of the publishing industry. The Southern Commercial Convention of 1856 stated "The books rapidly coming into use in our schools and colleges at the South are not only polluted with opinions and arguments adverse to our institutions, and hostile to our constitutional views, but are inferior . . . to those which might be produced among ourselves." Washington Baird, a Presbyterian minister from Georgia, wrote The Confederate Spelling Book as part of this effort, one of about eighty school texts produced within the Confederate States." (from the Dixie Education section of the LOC Civil War exhibition online) Partial small previous owner name-stamp on the title page of collector George R. Brush; he served as an M.D. U.S. Navy as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894 (his death) his naval duties took him to many locations in the Southern U.S. and around the world. Printed by Smith, Bailey & Co. Richmond, Va. A few faint children's scribbles on back inner endpaper. Approx. 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" size; bound in the original plain blue paper-covered boards, brick-red cloth spine; Edge, tips wear-through to the covers, spine cloth fraying at bottom; inner hinge paper split, boards on by the binding cloth; (blank) front endpaper corners clipped; text block firmly sewn; in good condition.