NOTES ON THE LIFE OF NOAH WEBSTER, by EEF Ford - 1912 [Signed 1st Ed, 2 Vols]


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Notes on the Life of Noah Webster (2 volumes)

compiled by Emily Ellsworth Fowler Ford

edited by Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED and Inscribed by Webster's great granddaughter (who is also the editor) on front fep. Two Volumes. New York: Privately Printed, 1912.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volumes are well preserved on covers and interior, and show some foxing and toning to feps.
  • Blue cloth covers exhibit mild wear with some rubbing and minor edgewear, as well as mild edge toning.
  • Volume 1: upper corner of front board shows a bump, as well as rubbing and some chipping.
  • Boards display minimal rubbing save for upper corners of front on volume 1, where board is exposed. (See photos)
  • Spines feature text and lines in gilt, and are sunned, with softened ends.
  • Binding is secure in both volumes, with a little play.
  • Illustrations are well preserved inside, while first pages illustrations show pronounced foxing, mostly marginal, as well as toning.
  • Some illustrations are protected with loose tissue guards. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with occasional marginal foxing.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Some pages were not cut to be read along head edge. (See photos)
  • Title pages and feps display pronounced toning and foxing. 
  • Text block edges display commensurate toning, and are a little dusty along head. Fore edge and foot are deckled.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190529

567 pages (vol 1) + 555 pages (vol 2). 5.25 x 8 inches.

Compiled by his granddaughter, and edited by his great granddaughter, this biographical account presents Webster's life with scope and in detail, starting from his early life and going through the main events of his existence, including his travels, his religious awakening, and the various stages of his career. The account is made more complete and reliable by passages taken from Webster's diary to create an authentic chronology.

Both volumes feature B&W illustrations of places in Webster's life as well as portraits. Volumes include lists of illustrations. Passages from Webster's diary included throughout.

Noah Webster Jr (1758-1843) was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. Called "the Father of American Scholarship and Education" who gave his name to our modern Merriam-Webster dictionary (known simply as "Webster's" for many years) that has been the American reference since it was first published in 1828.

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