I've been collecting books for over fifty years. I started collecting McGuffey readers when I was teaching at Ohio University in Southern Ohio in 1965. McGuffey had been President of Ohio University years ago and his books were very common finds at farm auctions. I taught reading teacher education and started using New England Primers, McGuffeys and Noah Webster school books as examples of the history of reading instruction in our country. I would find McGuffeys in the bottom of a box of books purchased for a few dollars at a farm auction; the farmer's wife probably was a school teacher. Though he sold millions, it is rare today to find an 1830s McGuffey reader--an original. I graduated to Horatio Alger books to teach the history of adolescent literature. I had some 50 New England Primers prior to 1840, 51 Noah Webster publications, 36 early McGuffeys, and 105 Horatio Alger first editions , all of which have been donated to The Hill School Library in Pottstown, PA.
Here's How You Can Purchase Books From Me: You can go to Paypal.com on the internet and pay the account of DJYarington@gmail.com. When they notify me of your payment, I will mail the book with free media mail. If you wish to have priority mail, add $5.00. I can be contacted for book purchases at email@example.com , after you find out if the book you want is available and you and I agree on a price, Payment can be made by Paypal or by mailing a money order to me at POBox 31, Milo, ME 04463.
Books About Collecting
My collection of books about collecting books is wide and varied. It is arranged alphabetically with dates, first editions and signing noted. All are 1st editions unless otherwise noted. This is a very incomplete list. All my newer books about books are on my LIBRARYTHING.COM page, Dyarington
Ahearn, Allen and Patricia, Book Collecting, 1995
Ahearn, Allen and Patricia, Collected Books, 2002
Alger, Joseph, New England Primer and Alphabet, 1961
American Book Mart, Prices Old Books Wanted, 1937