American Text Book for Letters...with the Most Correct Method for Producing Them with the Pen, Brush, Chisel or Graver. 3rd Edition.

Nathaniel Dearborn (American, 1786–1852)

Place of Publication: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Catalogue Raisonné

R. Nash, American Penmanship 1800-1850, no. 302


Overall: 12.8 x 20.5 x 2 cm (5 1/16 x 8 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 47 engravings

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Boston: Nathl. Dearborn [1846]) Oblong octavo; engraved title, engraved dedication, three letterpress leaves, engraved part title, 45 [of 46] engraved plates numbered 8-52 [lacking 33], letterpress pp. 53-101, two letterpress leaves of advertisements; original publisher’s half green morocco, printed yellow paper boards.

Samples of penmanship and decorative penwork.

Boston: Nathl. Dearborn [1846]


Old ownership inscription on upper cover ("Charles F. [Po...] / Stratford / Conn."); Maxim Karolik (1893-1963), by whom bequeathed to MFA [accessioned November 15, 2006].

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik