September 26th, 2012 by Laura Wasowicz
Byerly, Stephen. Byerly’s New American Spelling-Book. Philadelphia: M’Carty & Davis, 1830.
This lovely wood engraving of the exotic Caribbean parrot fish is taken from a speller written by Quaker school teacher Stephen Byerly (c. 1797-1850). His spelling and reading lessons are punctuated with clear illustrations of animals both common and uncommon to his young readers such as the rooster, the carp, and the hippopotamus.