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New York: Published for the Author by Sheldon & Co., 1859. First edition of this, the third iteration by Peabody of Bem's system (Bruccoli et al, "First Printings of American Authors", v.3, 1978, p.281). The first iteration was in 1850, the second in 1856. Original quarter cloth, unlettered, and printed paper boards, 154 pp. plus 3 pages of ads. This system, developed by Josef Bem, a Polish general, was designed to enable grammar school students with an easy way to place significant events worldwide in relation to each other in time. It used charts with large squares to represent 2,500 years before Christ and 2,000 after; smaller squares inside these to represent centuries, smaller still to represent years. Students would use a coloring system in the squares to develop relative chronology of events. With the ownership signature of Lucy Derby, 166 Charles Street, Boston, dated 1874. Lucy (born 1851) has completed a majority of the B.C. charts, in order, in vivid colors. The A.D. charts are unused. "The Derby house, Number 166 Charles Street, was a pleasant one, where I remember delightful entertainments. Lucy's father, Mr. Elias Derby, was one of Boston's foremost lawyers." (Maud Howe Elliot, "Three Generations", 1923. Mrs Howe's mother was Julia Ward Howe). The covers worn and soiled; paper browned. Front endpaper becoming loose. A Good copy, only.
Title: Universal History; Arranged to Illustrate Bem's Charts of Chronology.
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