Skaneateles, N.Y. Pratt & Keeney, 1838. 24mo. 64pp. Original drab card covers with linen spine, stitched. Light wear and soiling to covers. Lightly foxed. Very good. Item #77
Catechism-style treatise on world governments and the Constitution of the United States, designed for a juvenile audience. The preface indicates this tiny volume's lofty purpose: "In a country like ours, where no other distractions ought to exist than those of real merit, where all are equally eligible to the highest office in the gift of the people; and where each individual has a voice in the affairs of our common country, it is obvious, that the diffusion of useful knowledge, especially among youth is the only means of perpetuating the blessings we enjoy." An unusual imprint, this work was published in several editions in New York, including New York City, Albany, and Mexico, N.Y. All are rare, as this work was likely read to death given its intended audience and small size. OCLC locates a single copy of this edition, at the American Antiquarian Society.