Lindley Murray. An Abridgement of Murray’s English Grammar. Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1806.
That most ephemeral of materials, the newspaper, was often reused for practical purposes in the home. One common use was as a protective cover for frequently read books. More precious works might have a hand-sewn cover made from some beautiful fabric, but a school book such as this would receive only the cheapest form of protection. This copy does have one distinctive feature, though. While the front is sewn in the manner commonly used for such covers, the back is sewn differently in order to create a pocket for a slip of paper, on which is handwritten a remedy to “end itch.”