McGuffey's Eclectic Readers Box Set - Primer Through Sixth - Revised Editions


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Title:  McGuffey's Eclectic Readers Box Set - Primer Through Sixth - Revised Editions
Format:  Clothbound Hardcover with Box Sleeve
Author:  William Holmes McGuffey
Illustrator:  none listed
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Year:  The copyright page shows the original publishing dates - I would guess these were printed sometime in the last 10-15 years although there are no dates to confirm this.
Length: various
Dimensions: 5" wide by 7.5" tall
Condition:  Minor cover and spine wear noted especially around the edges of the box sleeve.  This set is in like-new condition - no writing, torn or missing pages noted.  The spines of several editions are embossed.  

Winthrop Smith, a partner at the publishing firm of Truman and Smith hired highly respected Presbyterian minister, William Holmes McGuffey to prepare a reader.  His reader was considered a "cut and paste" project derived from texts in earlier books.  It was well-done but without much originality.  You will find almost all McGuffey Readers to be revised readers due to an out of court settlement between Truman and Smith Publishers and a rival publisher in Boston.  It is estimated well over 125 million copies of the McGuffey Readers were sold in the United States over the years. ~ taken from A History of Children's Books in 100 Books written by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad.