Boston: Manning & Loring, 1812. Fifteenth Edition. 16 mo. 300 pp. Original leather binding. Bottom edge of free front end paper and first few leaves a little chipped. Former owner's printed sticker affixed on upper left corner of front paste down end paper. Names written in ink in a very graceful style on free front and back end papers. Otherwise leather is smooth and supple. Binding is tight. Item #198
Notwithstanding the multiplicity of School Books now in use, it has been often suggested, that a Selection, calculated particularly for Dialogue and Declamation, would be of extensive utility in our seminaries. The art of Oratory needs no encomium. To cultivate its rudiments, and diffuse its spirit among the Youth of America, is the design of this Book. Of the many pieces which this volume contains, three only are to be found in any publication of the kind. A large proportion is entirely original. To thse, who have assisted him in this part, the author returns his warmest acknowledgment. The COLUMBIAN ORATOR is designed for a Second Part to the AMERICAN PRECEPTOR; for this reason, no pieces are inserted from that book. As no advantage could arise from a methodical arrangement, the Author has preferred variety to system. In his choice of materials, it has been his object to select such as should inspire the pupil with the artor of eloquence, and the love of virtue. He has spared no pains to render the Work, in every respect, worthy of the generous patronage, which a liberal public have bestowed on his former publications. Boston, May 17, 1797.