Quite scarce on the market in any condition or any of the early editions, this wonderful work by Joseph Brown has the distinction of being the first ever Bible issued specifically to aid children in the reading of the Scripture.
Brown, Joseph. The Family Testament, and Scholar's Assistant. Calculated Not only to Promote the Reading of the Holy Scriptures in Families and Schools, but also to Removed that Great Uneasiness Observable in Children upon the Appearance of Hard Words in their Lessons, by a Method Entirely New; the Whole being Digested in the Following Manner, viz. I. An Introduction to Spelling and Reading in General, Containing a Plain Account of the Sound of Letters and Syllables, etc. II. In order to make it Useful to Families, as well as Private Christians, there is Prefixed an Alphabetical Table of all the Proper Names of Persons and Places Mentioned in the New Testament, etc., III. Proper Names, and Other Hard Words are Collected and Ranged in Columns, etc., IV. To this Edition is Added, a Collection of Short and Useful Notes for the Use of such who have it not in their power to purchase Large Expositions. With an Introductory Preface by the Reverend Mr. Joseph Brown. London. W. Lowndes. 1788.
Fair only; early burlap overbind of leather, now very rubbed. Ownership marks of Richard Mann, born 1790. Binding is weak, but certainly stable if handled with care. Occasionally signatures are forward or leaves loose. Corners turned, etc.,