Great, early old school primer from the Dick and Jane series in the Catholic version. Book is titled "Cathedral Basic Readers Primer" by Rev. John A. O'Brien, Ph. D., A Revision of the Elson Basic Primer by William H. Elson, Lura E. Runkel and William S. Gray. Copyright, 1930, 1931, by Scott, Foresman and Company.
If you are a collector of the Dick and Jane series readers, then you will know that the Elson Basic Reader was the first reader with the Dick and Jane characters. This Cathedral reader is the Catholic version of the same reader and it also has the Dick and Jane characters (along with many others). Later, in the 1950's, the Cathedral Basic Readers changed the names of Dick and Jane to John and Jean.
In the introduction, the author has written that he has retained the most valuable features of the Elson Basic Primer plus added a whole new unit of Bible stories in order to furnish reading matter of a religious nature.
As with all vintage readers, the book has the most adorable color pictures! Dick and Jane are featured in two of the stories and there are many other children besides.
There are 144 pages and the book is divided into five units. Unit One is 'Pets', Unit Two is 'Play Time', Unit Three is 'Birds And Animals', Unit Four is 'Once-Upon-A-Time Stories', Unit Five is 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph'. There is a vocabulary list in the back of the book.
Blue cloth covered boards. Measures 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" x 1/2" thick.
Condition is very good on the exterior and good on the inside! Corners of boards are bumped with some cardboard showing mostly on the back bottom corner. Two lower right hand corners (front and back) are bumped. Spine ends are bumped with a hint of cardboard showing at each corner. Spine color is strong with strong black lettering making the shelf display very nice. Cute illustrated inside front and back pastedowns and flyleafs are nice with only the front having a previous owner's name and address in the "owner box". The pages are very nice but some (maybe 50%) do have some smudging from little 1930's first grader fingers, nothing horrible. All the illustrations are in clean and colorfully crisp condition. Some pages have tiny dog ears on the corners. There are quite a few closed edge tears on pages (nothing missing) in the blank margin areas. I counted 25 tears that are 1/2" long or less, another 7 tears measuring 1/2" to 1" long and 4 longer tears measuring between 1-1/4" and 1-3/4" long. You can see some of them in the photographs. None of these affect the text. There is one large old crease on one page. Someone has stamped three ink stars on one of the vocabulary pages in the back, probably for work well done. Page edges (seen when book is closed) have some minor soiling, mostly on the top. Binding is very tight and all pages are nice and flat. Overall, a charming old primer with plenty of life and enjoyment left within its pages!
A wholesome book that would still be fun to read today and could even be used as a reader for the homeschooling family or just for extra practice.
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