Fourth Commandment and Good Examples for Good Children, American Tract Society c. early 1860s
Fourth Commandment and Good Examples for Good Children, published about 1860 by The American Tract Society is a rare, illustrated Christian parenting book.
- The two essays are bound together (sown binding) in a small book (2 5/8 inches x 4 1/8 inches) with "5 Fourth Command" in gold embossed on the spine.
- Each tract is sixteen pages in length and is paged individually.
- The Fourth Commandment has intricate drawings which look like engravings on each page.
- Good Examples consists of three "examples": The Duty of Children to do some Good in the World, A Good Memory and The Good Sabbath-Scholar. Each is illustrated with an engraving.
- Each of the two tracts is followed by a short poem with an illustration.
On the flyleaf is written:" Mary E. Clarke from her sister, Cornish, Jan. 1st, 1865." This would be Cornish, Maine. In 1852, the Clarke family emigrated from England to Maine, where later members became known as "The Singing Clarkes," touring area churches and performing religious songs.
- This little antique book is in good vintage condition. The pages are browned but unmarked; there are no tears; the cover is well worm on its edges, but still firm with a sewn binding, threads observed.
The book is rare and antiquarian in nature, a choice collectible.
The American Tract Society was founded in 1825. It still exists today, with headquarters in Garland, Texas.