Plymouth, N.H. Printed by Harris and Prentiss, 1830. 24pp. Contemporary plain brown wrappers, stitched. Tanning and foxing, later ink ownership inscription on front cover. Light wear. About very good. Item #1618
Rare and interesting little book analyzing all the sounds of the alphabet, designed to clarify sound and pronunciation for the beginner. "The sounds of the letters in Walker's Dictionary, are too complicated for young students. The present edition of Marshall's Spelling Book, contains only the sounds of the vowels, dipthongs, and tripthongs. These imperfections induced me to treat of the sounds of all the letters, and to fit them for the comprehension of children." The present work covers not only the vowels, but also the sounds of the consonants, dividing them into the categories "mute," "liquid," and "semi-vowel." Dipthongs and tripthongs are also covered in simplicity but depth: "Ou has seven sounds...."
Apparently unrecorded, and written by an obscure New Hampshire author (the introduction is signed at Sandwich, N.H.). The only other work we find by a Daniel Beede in OCLC is a manuscript map of Londonderry, held by the New Hampshire Historical Society.