Iisltorp of the fiIcuffep 3Reabero
Before me are four small books roughly bound in
boards, the sides covered with paper. On the te-
verse of the title pages, two bear a copyright entry
in the year 1836; the others were entered in 1837.
They are the earliest editions of McGuffey's Eclectic
Readers that have been found in a search lasting
They represent the first efforts in an educational
and business enterprise that has for three-quarters
of a century called for the best exerxioms of many
skilled men, and in their several forms these books
have taken a conspicuous part in the education of
millions of the citizens of this country.
But what interest can the history of the McGuffey
Eclectic Readers have to those who did not use
these books in their school career Their story
differs from that of other readers since in successive
forms, adjusted more or less perfectly to the chang-
ing demands of the schools, they attained a wider
and more prolonged use than has been accorded to
any other series.