Secondary School Readers, 1776-1900

 

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Compiled from catalogues of the Nietz Collection at the University of Pittsburgh and the collection of Early American Textbooks at the National Library of Education in Washington, D.C.

 

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Adams, Daniel. The Understanding Reader. Leominster, Mass.: Adams & Wilder, 1803.

 

Adlen, Abner. The Reader, Containing the Art of Delivery, Articulation, Accent, Pronunciation, Emphasis, Pauses, Key or Pitch of the Voice, and Tones. Being the Third Part of a Columbian Exercise. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1814.

 

Aldrich, George I., and Alexander Forbes. The Progressive Course in Reading. First Book. New York: Butler, Sheldon & Co., 1899.

 

Alger, Israel, ed. The English Reader. By Lindley Murray. Boston: Lincoln & Edmands; Baltimore: Cushing & Jewett, 1824.

 

Allen, Chas. H., John Swett, and Josiah Royce. Rev. by Annie Klingensmith. Fifth Reader. Indianapolis: Indiana School Book Co., 1889.

 

Allen, Chas. H., John Swett, and Josiah Royce. Standard Fifth Reader. St. Louis: Standard School Book Co., 1893.

 

Allen, Chas. H., John Swett, and Josiah Royce. The American Elocutionary Readers. Fifth Reader. New York: American Book Co., 1873.

 

Allen, Chas. H., John Swett, and Josiah Royce. The American Reader. Brookfield, Mass.: E. & G. Merriam; Boston: Pierce and Williams, 1823.

 

Arnold, Sarah Louise and Charles B. Gilbert. A Reader for Higher Grades. New York, Boston, and Chicago: Silver, Burdett and Co., 1898.

 

Barbauld, Mrs. [Anna Leticia], and Miss [Maria] Edgeworth. American Popular Lessons. New York: R. Lockwood, 1829.

 

Barnes, Charles J. New National Fourth Reader. New York and Chicago: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1884.

 

Barnes, Charles J. New National Fifth Reader. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: American Book Company, 1884.

 

Barnes, Charles J. New national fourth reader. New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, c1884.

 

Bingham, Caleb. The American Preceptor; Being a New Selection of Lessons for Reading and Speaking. Boston: R. & J. Collins, 1815.

 

Bingham, Caleb. The Columbian orator: containing a variety of original and selected pieces, together with rules, calculated to improve youth and others in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence. Boston: J.H.A. Frost, 1832, c1810

 

Brumbaugh, Martin Grove. The standard fifth reader. Philadelphia: Christopher Sower Company, 1899.

 

Brumbaugh, Martin Grove. The standard fifth reader: part II. Philadelphia: Christopher Sower Company, 1902.

 

Butler, Noble. Goodrich's Sixth School Reader. Louisville, Ky.: Morton & Griswold, 1858.

 

Campbell, Loomis J. The new Franklin fifth reader: with a new elocutionary treatise, Essentials of reading, by Mark Bailey. New York: Sheldon & Company, c1884.  

 

Cathcart, George R[hett]. The literary reader: typical selections from some of the best British and American authors from Shakespeare to the present time, chronologically arranged, with biographical and critical sketches, and numerous notes, etc., etc. New York and Chicago: Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor, and Company, 1880.

 

Christian Brothers. The second book of reading lessons. New York; Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1863.

 

Christian Brothers. The third book of reading lessons. New York: P. O'Shea, 1870, c1866.

 

Cobb, Lyman, A. M. Cobb's New North American Reader; or, Fifth Reading Book; containing a great variety of interesting, historical, moral, and instructive reading lessons in prose and poetry, from highly esteemed American and English writers . . . Designed for the use of the highest classes in schools and academies and to impress the minds of youth with sentiments of Virtue and Religion. New York: Collins and Brother, 1848.

 

Cole, Charles W., ed. Choice Readings Being Complete Works by the Celebrated Writers. New York: Taintor Bros., & Co., 1892.

 

Cole, Charles W., ed. Columbian Fifth Reader. Rev. ed. New York: The Werner Co., 1893.

 

Culver, Richard. The Practical Reader. Philadelphia: J. B. Holcomb & Co., 1855.

 

Cyr, Ellen M.  The Cyr Readers, Arranged by Grades. Book Seven. Boston: Gwinn and Company, 1901 (copyright 1899).

 

Cyr, Ellen M.  The Cyr Readers, Arranged by Grades. Book Eight. Boston: Gwinn & Company, 1901 (copyright 1899).

 

Cyr, Ellen. Cyr's Fifth Reader. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1892.

 

DeGournay, P[aul] F. North American First Class Reader, Sixth Book of Tower's School Series. Rev. ed. Baltimore: Kelly & Piet, 1868.

 

Edwards, Richard, LL.D. Analytical Sixth Reader; containing an introductory article on the general principles of elocution; with a thorough method of analysis, intended to develop the pupil's appreciation of the thought and emotion: and a critical phonic analysis of English words; designed for the use of normal high schools, and the highest classes in common schools. New York, Boston, and Chicago: Mason Brothers, 1866.

 

Emerson, B. D. The first-class reader: a selection for exercises in reading, from standard British and American authors, in prose and verse: for the use of schools in the United States. Philadelphia: Hogan & Thompson, 1843, c1833.

 

Emerson, B. D. Fifth Reader. Topeka: Geo. W. Crane & Co., 1893.

 

Emerson, B. D. Fifth Progressive Reader. New York: P. O'Shea., 1875.

 

Fitzgerald, P. A. The exhibition speaker: containing farces, dialogues, and tableaux: with exercises for declamation in prose and verse, also a treatise on oratory and elocution, hints on dramatic characters, costumes, position on the stage, making up, etc., etc.: with illustrations / carefully compiled and arranged for school exhibitions by P.A. Fitzgerald; to which is added a complete system of calisthenics and gymnastics, with instructions for teachers and pupils, illustrated with fifty engravings. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1856.

 

Frost, John. The Class Book of American Literature. Boston: H. A. Frost, 1826.

 

Fulton, R. I. and T. C. Trueblood, eds. Classic Series. Fifth Reader. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1892.

 

Gillespie, Angela, Mother. The metropolitan fourth reader: compiled for the use of colleges, academies, and the higher classes of select and parish schools / by a member of the Order of the Holy Cross; with an introduction by Right Rev. Dr. Spalding. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1865.

 

Gillespie, Angela, Mother. The metropolitan fifth reader: compiled for the use of colleges, academies, and the higher classes of select and parish schools / by a member of the Order of the Holy Cross; with an introduction by Right Rev. Dr. Spalding. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1871.

 

Gilmour, Richard. The Fifth Reader. New York: Benzinger Bros., 1876.

 

Goodrich, Jeremiah. Murray's English Reader. Albany: S. Shaw, 1826.

 

Greenwood, F. W. P., and G. B. Emerson. The Classical Reader. Boston: Lincoln & Edmands, 1828.

 

Harris, William Torrey, Andrew J. Rickoff, and Mark Bailey. The fifth reader. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883, c1879.

 

Harris, William Torrey, Andrew J. Rickoff, and Mark Bailey. The advanced reader. St. Paul, Minn.: D.D. Merrill, 1887, c1879.

 

Hazen, M[arshman] W[illiam]. Fifth reader. Philadelphia: Sheldon & Company, c1896.

 

Hillard, George Stillman. The Franklin Fifth Reader: for the use of public and private schools: with an introductory treatise on elocution by Mark Bailey. New York: Taintor Brothers, Merrill, & Co.; Boston: William Ware and Company, 1871.

 

Hillard, George Stillman. Sixth Reader: consisting of extracts in prose and verse, with biographical and critical notices of the authors: for the use of advanced classes in public and private schools. Boston: Brewer and Tileston, 1865.

 

Hillard, George Stillman and Homer B. Sprague. The Franklin sixth reader and speaker: consisting of extracts in prose and verse, with biographical and critical notices of the authors; with an introduction on elocution by Prof. Sprague. New York: Taintor Brothers, Merrill, & Co.; Boston: William Ware and Company, c1874.

 

Hillard, George Stillman. A first class reader: consisting of extracts, in prose and verse, with biographical and critical notices of the authors: for the use of advanced classes in public and private schools. Boston: Swan, Brewer and Tileston; Cleveland: Ingham & Bragg, 1861, c1857.

 

Hillard, George Stillman. The sixth reader: consisting of extracts in prose and verse, with biographical and critical notices of the authors: for the use of advanced classes in public and private schools; with an introductory treatise on elocution, by Mark Bailey. Boston: Brewer and Tileston, 1864, c1863.

 

Hillard, George Stillman, and Homer B. Sprague. The Franklin sixth reader and speaker: consisting of extracts in prose and verse, with biographical and critical notices of the authors; with an introduction on elocution by Prof. Sprague; edition with the orthography of Webster. New York: Taintor Brothers, Merrill, & Co.; Boston: William Ware and Company, c1878.

 

Hillard, George Stillman. The Webster-Franklin fifth reader: for the use of public and private schools: with an introductory treatise on elocution by Mark Bailey / by G.S. Hillard; (Webster's orthography); with new and original illustrations. New York: Taintor Brothers, Merrill, and Co.; Boston: William Ware and Company, c1878.

 

Holmes, George F., L.D.D. Sixth Reader; Containing A New and Practical Treatise on the Art of Reading, and Choice Extracts, mainly from Classic Writers, with Biographical Notes; furnishing a Select Course of Reading for the Class Room, and an Introduction to a Knowledge of English Literature. New York: University Publishing Co., 1882.

 

Johnson, Blanche Wynne. Johnson's Fifth Reader. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson Co., 1897.

 

Lansing, Jenny H. Stickney. A fifth reader; with an introduction on elocution by R.I. Fulton and T.C. Trueblood. Boston: Ginn & Company, 1892.

 

Longley, Elias. The Fifth Reader. London and New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1896.

 

Longley, Elias. The Sixth Reader. London, New York, and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co., 1896.

 

Longley, Elias. The Seventh Reader. London and New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1894.

 

Lovell, John E. Progressive readers, no. 5. Philadelphia: H.C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1859.

 

Mandeville, Henry. A course of reading for common schools and the lower classes of academies: on the plan of the author's Elements of reading and oratory. New York: D. Appleton & Co.; Philadelphia: G.S. Appleton, 1850, c1849.

 

Mandeville, Henry. Fourth reader: for common schools and academies. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1851, c1850.

 

McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's New High School Reader: for advanced classes.  Embracing about two hundred classic exercises. Wilson, Hinkle, & Co.: Cincinnati, 1857.

 

McGuffey, William Holmes, L. L. D. McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader. Cincinnati: Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., 1879.

 

McGuffey, William Holmes, L. L. D. McGuffey's New Sixth Eclectic Reader: exercises in rhetorical reading, with introductory rules and examples. Cincinnati: Sargent, Wilson & Hinkle; New York : Clark & Maynard, 1857.

 

McGuffey, William Holmes, L. L. D. McGuffey's New Fifth Eclectic Reader: selected and original exercises for schools. Cincinnati: Sargent, Wilson & Hinkle; New York: Clark & Maynard, c1857.

 

McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's fifth eclectic reader.  New York: American Book Co., c1879

 

Monroe, Lewis B[axter]. The Fifth Reader. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co., 1871.

 

Monroe, Lewis B[axter]. Monroe's New Fifth Reader. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co., 1884.

 

Monroe, Lewis B[axter]. The Sixth Reader. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co., 1872.

 

Murphy, Anna C. Fifth Reader. Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1886.

 

Murphy, Anna C. Sixth Reader. Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1886.

 

Murray, Lindley. The English reader, or Pieces in prose and poetry: selected from the best writers: designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and effect, to improve their language and sentiments, and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue: with a few preliminary observations on the principles of good reading. Utica: Printed by Hastings & Tracy, 1827.

 

Oldham, Oliver. Oldham's Amusing and Instructive Reader: a course of reading, original and selected, in prose and poetry, wherein wit, humor, and mirth are made the means of awakening interest, and imparting instruction.  For the use of schools and academies. New York: Ivison & Phinney, 1854.

 

Osgood, Lucius. Osgood's American Fifth Reader. Pittsburgh: A. H. English & Co., 1872.

Osgood, Lucius. Osgood's progressive fifth reader: embracing a system of instruction in the principles of elocution, and selections for reading and speaking from the best English and American authors: designed for the use of academies and the highest classes in public and private schools. Pittsburgh: A.H. English & Co., c1858.

 

Parker, Richard Green. National Series of Selections for Reading. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1851.

 

Parker, Richard Green. Exercises in rhetorical reading: with a series of introductory lessons, particularly designed to familiarize readers with the pauses and other marks in general use, and lead them to the practice of modulation and inflection of the voice. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1855, c1849.

 

Parker, Richard Green and J. Madison Watson. The National Fifth Reader. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1858.

 

Pierpont, John. The American First Class Book; or, Exercises in Reading and Recitation: Selected Principally from Modern Authors or Great Britain and America; and designed for the use of the Highest Class in Publick and Private Schools. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1831. 

 

Pierpont, John. The American first class book, or, Exercises in reading and recitation: selected principally from modern authors of Great Britain and America, and designed for the use of the highest class in public and private schools. Boston: Charles Bowen, 1836, c1835. 

 

Pierpont, John. Introduction to the national reader: a selection of easy lessons: designed to fill the same place in the common schools of the United States, that is held by Murray's introduction, and the compilations of Guy, Mylius, and Pinnock, in those of Great Britain. New York: George F. Cooledge, c1835. 

 

Pierpont, John. The National Reader, A Selection of Exercises in Reading and Speaking. Boston: Carter, Hendee, and Co. and Hillard, Gray, and Co., 1833.

 

Pinneo, T. S., A. M., M. D. The Heman's Reader for Female Schools: containing extracts in prose and poetry, selected from the writings of more than one hundred and thirty different authors. Cincinnati: Wilson, Hinkle & Co., 1847.

 

Post, John D. The United States reader: containing a variety of exercises in reading, punctuation, figures of speech, spelling, &c.: for the use of schools. New Haven: Durrie & Peck,1842.

 

Putnam, Samuel. Sequel to the Analytical Reader: in which the original design is extended so as to embrace an explanation of phrases and figurative language. Portland: Shirley & Hyde, 1828.

 

Putnam, Samuel. The Analytical Reader, containing lessons in simultaneous reading & defining, with spelling from the same, to which are added, questions, and references to an appendix, containing sketches of characters, persons, and places, alluded to in the work. Dover, N.H.: Samuel C. Stevens, 1830.

 

Sabins, J. S. Fifth Reader. New York: William H. Sadlier, 1877.

 

Sabins, J. S. Sixth Reader. New York: William H. Sadlier, 1878.

 

Sanders, Charles. Sander's Rhetorical, or Union Fifth Reader: embracing a full exposition og the principles of rhetorical reading; with numerous specimens, both in prose and poetry, from the best writers , English and American, as exercises for practice; and with Notes and Sketches, Literary and Boigraphical, forming together a brief, though comprehensive course of instruction in English Literature. Philadelphia: Sower, Barnes & Co., 1863.

 

Sanders, Charles W., A. M. and Joshua C. Sanders. The School Reader.  Fifth Book.  Designed as a sequel to Sander's fourth reader.  Part First, containing full illustrations in the rhetorical principles of reading or speaking, illustrated by numerous examples.  Part Second, consisting of elegant extracts in prose and poetry from various eloquent writers, accompanied with notes, explanatory of such historical or classical allusions, as the several lessons contain. New York: Ivison & Phinney, 1855.

 

Sanders, Charles W. High school reader. New York: Ivison & Phinney; 1858, c1856.

 

Sanders, Charles W. Union fifth reader. New York: Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Company; Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1864, c1862.

 

Sanders, Charles W. Union sixth reader. New York: Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Company, 1868, c1862.

 

Sanders, Charles W. The school reader. Fifth book: designed as a sequel to Sanders' fourth reader : part first, containing full instructions in the rhetorical principles of reading and speaking, illustrated by numerous examples, part second and third, consisting of elegant extracts in prose and poetry with explanatory notes: for the use of academies and the higher classes in common and select schools. New York: Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Co.; Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1864, c1859. cn

 

Sargent, Epes. The First-Class Standard Reader. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co. [etc.], 1854.

 

Sargent, Epes. The Standard Fifth Reader. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co. [etc.], 1858.

 

Severance, Moses. The American Manual; or, New English Reader. Cazenovia, N. Y.: S. H. Henry & Co., 1836.

 

Sheldon, E. A. The Fifth Reader. New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co., 1874.

 

Sheldon, E. A. Sheldon & Co.'s Modern School Fifth Reader. New York: Sheldon & Co., 1882.

 

Shepard, Henry E. An Historical Reader. New ed. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1884.

 

Simpson, S. L. The Pacific Coast Fifth Reader. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Co., 1873.

 

Snow, P. H. The American Reader. Hartford: Spalding and Storrs; Boston: Gould, Kendall and Lincoln; New York: F. J. Huntington and Co., 1840.

Spaulding, Frank E. and Catherine T. Bryce. A Fifth Reader; with illustrations by Sarah Noble Ives. New York: Newspm & Co., 1909.

 

Stirling, Samuel G. Fourth reader: instructive extracts in prose and poetry, with rules for reading, and exercises in defining, articulation, grammar, etc. Cincinnati: Winthrop B. Smith & Co., c1853.

 

Swan, William D. The Direct School Reader; or, exercises in reading and speaking; designed for the highest class in public and private schools. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Co., 1848.

 

Swan, William D. The instructive reader, or, A course of reading in natural history, science and literature: designed for the use of schools. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., c1848.

 

Swett, John, Chas. H. Allen, and Josiah Royce. Bancroft's Fifth Reader. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Co., 1883.

 

Swinton, William. Swinton's Fifth Reader and Speaker. New York and Chicago: Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co., 1883.

 

Tarr, Augustus DeKalb. The American Reader of Prose and Poetry. Designed for The Academies and Schools of America. Philadelphia: Marcus Bast, 1857.

 

Thayer, William Makepeace. Ethics of success: book three : a reader for the higher grades of schools: inspiring anecdotes from the lives of successful men and women. New York: Silver, Burdett & Company, c1909.

 

Todd, Emma J. and W. B. Powell. Fifth Reader. New York: Silver, Burdett & Co., 1892.

 

Tower, David B. and Cornelius Walker. North American first reader : the sixth book of Tower's series for common schools, in which the higher principles of elocution are explained and illustrated by appropriate exercises. Boston: Sanborn, Carter, Bazin & Co., 1853.

 

Tower, David B. and Cornelius Walker. North American first class reader: the sixth book of Tower's series for common schools, in which the higher principles of elocution are explained and illustrated by appropriate exercises. New York: Daniel Burgess & Co., 1855, c1853.

 

Tower, David B. and Cornelius Walker. North American second class reader: the fifth book of Tower's series for common schools, developing principles of elocution, practically illustrated by elementary exercises, with reading lessons in which references are made to these principles: designed to follow the "Fourth reader". New York: Daniel Burgess, 1855, c1853.

Town, Salem and Nelson M. Holbrook. The progressive fifth, or, Elocutionary reader: for the use of schools and academies: in which the principles of elocution are illustrated by reading exercises in connection with the rules, and followed by a variety of appropriate selections for reading and declamation, with biographical and explanatory notes. Boston: Oliver Ellsworth, c1864.

 

Town, Salem. The fifth, or, Elocutionary reader: in which the principles of elocution are illustrated by reading exercises in connection with the rules: designed for the use of school and academies. Boston: Sanborn, Carter, & Bazin, 1856.

 

Webb, J. Russell. Model fourth reader: in two parts, for intermediate and higher grades. Chicago: Geo. Sherwood & Co., c1876.

 

Webb, J. Russell. Normal reader no. 3. New York: Mason Brothers, c1850.

 

Webster, Noah. An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking. New ed. Rules for Elocution. Utica: Ashael Seward, 1806.

 

Williams, Daniel, of Ohio. The explanatory reader for the use of schools : containing a selection of easy lessons in prose and verse : adapted to the juvenile capacity. St. Clairsville [Oh.]: Joshua Shinn, 1836.

 

Willson, Marcius. The Fifth Reader of the Popular Series. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1881.

 

Willson, Marcius. The Fifth Reader. New York: Harper & Bros., 1872.

 

Willson, Marcius. The Sixth Reader. New York: Harper & Bros., 1872.

 

Wright, Julia McNair. Fifth Reader. New York: The Catholic Publication Society Co., 1887.

 

The Fourth book of reading lessons, authorized by the Council of Public Instruction for Ontario. Toronto: Wm. Warwick, c1867.

 

Harper's fifth reader : American authors. New York: American Book Company, c1889.

 

The High school book: being a selection of lessons for reading and speaking, in a great variety of style, both in poetry and prose: for the use of seminaries / by an experienced teacher. New Haven: L.H. Young, c1835.

 

 

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