Very Good. Item #6011
Philadelphia: Kimber and Sharpless, 1818. Ninth Edition, Revised and Corrected. 24mo (5.75" x 3.5"); 192pp. Contemporary leather with red spine label and gilt lettering. Boards edgeworn and lightly warped, with scuffs down joints and some general smudging and scuffing to leather. Endpapers toned along gluelines. Large ownership on flyleaf reads "Catharine Vannest's Geography Harmony Hall." Pages toned with scattered light to moderate foxing, else unmarked. Binding is sound.
Comly (1773-1850) was a Quaker teacher, who produced both this Grammar and a spelling book during his time at Westtown Boarding School in West Chester, PA, both of which went through numerous editions as popular teaching texts in schools at the time, apparently both in tandem and in competition with Webster's offerings. An 1810 review of his Speller printed just ahead of its second edition praises it saying the design is "nearly the same as Webster's, but it is free from his capricious oddities."
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire, but with no ownership marks or plates.