Hartford, [Conn.]: Andrus & Judd, Dec. 1, 1838. Item #430
Oblong 4to. 170 x 290 mm. (6 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches).  blank, 21 plates depicting handwriting samples. Original stiff marbled paper wrappers with red leather spine. Cover rubbed. Binding shaken. Waterstained on upper right corner throughout, but the text is unaffected and volume remains an attractive copy.
Stated 4th edition with additions and improvements. Scarce copy of this work by Nathaniel Duren Gould (1781-1864) who "in his care for writing as an art ranks first among the teachers and authors in the field of penmanship during the half-century" (Nash). In addition to Gould's penmanship expertise, he published collections of hymns and other religious music. His best-known work is Church Music in America published in 1853. `
OCLC cites only one exact copy held at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Other editions at Library of Congress and University of Minnesota, among others. The 1822 edition included 6 pages of text following the title page that are not present in our volume.
Nash, American Penmanship 1800-1850: History of Writing and a Bibliography of Copybooks from Jenkins to Spencer 158; The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology - online.