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The first texts to teach children to read, also known as ‘absey’, ‘abcie’ or ‘abcee books’, ‘alphabet books’, and ‘abecedaria’. Although the term has been used interchangeably with primer and ...
battledore

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A piece of cardboard on which was printed the ABC, a syllabary, and the Lord’s Prayer, so called from its usual shape; used as a substitute for the hornbook.
Elizabeth Ball

Elizabeth Ball  

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 (1897–1982) American book collector.Inheriting a collection of children’s books (see 15) from her father, she augmented it extensively. She gave part of it to the Pierpont Morgan Library (1964) ...
horn book

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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Literature, History
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A horn book is a reading implement used in England from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century for the elementary

hornbook

hornbook   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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247 words

A hornbook was a tool for teaching the rudiments of reading to children. This form of an *ABC consisted of

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
a former teaching aid consisting of a leaf of paper showing the alphabet, and often the ten digits and the Lord's Prayer, mounted on a wooden tablet and protected by a thin plate of ... More
primer

primer  

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A devotional book popular among the educated laity from at least the 14th cent. It contained the Little Office of the BVM, the seven penitential Psalms, the fifteen Gradual Psalms, the Litany of the ...

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