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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) ...
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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