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American Textbooks: Colonial Days to 1960: Math & Science

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The Schoolmaster's Assistant, by Thomas Dilworth, went through 68 editions between 1800 and 1850.

Arithmetic books by Warren Colburn (1793-1833) were still being reprinted nearly 60 years after his death.

A recent study on Warren Colburn: Cooper, Susan, and J. Wesley Null. "'New' ideas in old contexts: Warren Colburn and mathematics curriculum and teaching." American Educational History Journal 38.1-2 (2011): 145+

Marmaduke Multiply

Marmaduke Multiply, published some time between 1842 and 1860, has pictures and rhymes to help children learn their multiplication tables.

Small boy with fishing pole and caption "4 times 12 are 48. I wish that I could get some bait."

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