The New England Primer

Candace Perry's picture
 Greetings: I am attaching an image of the New England Primer printed by
Franklin and Hall in Philadelphia in 1760. This little book, though
incomplete, is one of two known in existence out of the 37, 000 printed and
sold by Benjamin Franklin and David Hall between 1749 and 1766. The New
England Primer, originally published in Boston in the late 17th century, was
the first printed textbook in the American colonies. As a result of its
enormous distribution and availability nearly everywhere, it represented a
step toward literacy and English language skills for colonial Americans and
for generations to follow. This copy is in the collection of the
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA.


Candace Kintzer Perry

Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Pennsburg, PA 18073