For #tinytuesday I present to you this "New England Primer, or an Easy and Pleasant Guide to the Art of Reading to Which is Added Catechism" printed in Massachusetts in 1812.
It is a lovely example of a scaleboard binding which was prevalent in New England until the mid 1800s. Scaleboard, also called scabbard, bindings feature very thin wooden boards, sometimes even shingling scraps, most cut with a perpendicular grain pattern (to prevent cracking). These bindings often feature linen over covers that were hand sewn to fit--like this one here. The long zig zag stitches are fairly common, and oh so charming, in such homemade overcovers.
If you'd like to read more about scabbard bindings and over covers, take a look at Julia Miller's "Books Will Speak Plain" . #bookbinding #bookhistory #books #scaleboard #scabbard #earlyamerican #americanprintinghistory #madeintheusa