Reading primers and catechisms (in chronological order)

[Note: most of these titles are available via ProQuest’s Early English Books Online or Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online.]

Anon. c.
1537–42The ABC with the Pater Noster, Ave, Credo and X Commaundements in Englyshe, Newly Translated and Set Forthe at the Kyngs Most Gracyouse Commaundement. London: Richard Lant.Google Scholar
1551The ABC with the Catechisme, That is to Say an Instruction to be [Taught and] Learned by Every Childe [Person], Before He be Brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop. Various imprints.Google Scholar
1570The Primer and Catechisme. Various imprints.Google Scholar
Vaux, Laurence
1580Godly Contemplations for the Unlearned. Rothomagi [Rouen]: Henricum Mareschalum.Google Scholar
Stockwood, John
1580A Short Catechisme for Householders. With Prayerse to the Same Adioyning. London: John Charlewood.Google Scholar
Coote, Edmund
1596The English school-master, teaching all his scholars, of what age forever the most easie, short, and perfect order of distinct reading, and true writing our English tongue, that hath ever yet been known or published by any. London: Company of Stationers.Google Scholar
Owen, John
1652The Primer: or, An Easie Way to Teach Children the True Reading of English. With a Necessary Catechisme, to Instruct Youth in the Grounds of Christian Religion. London: Company of Stationers.Google Scholar
Taylor, Jeremy
1652A short catechism for the institution of young persons in the Christian religion to which is added, an explication of the Apostolical Creed, easie and useful for these times. Composed for the use of the schools in South-Wales. London: R. Royston.Google Scholar
1698The ABC with the Catechism, That is to say an Instruction to be Learned of Every Person, Before he be Brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop. London: Stationers.Google Scholar
Keach, Benjamin
1763Instructions for Children: Or, The Child’s and Youth’s Delight. Southwark: John Robinson.Google Scholar
Watts, Isaac
1730Catechisms: or, Instructions in the Principles of Christian Religion, and the History of Scripture, Composed for Children and Youth, According to their Different Ages. London: E. Matthews.Google Scholar
[Fox,] G[eorge] & H[ookes, ]E[llis]
1670A Primmer and Catechism for Children: or a Plain and Easie Way for Children to Learn to Spell and Read Perfectly in a Little Time. [London]: n. p.Google Scholar
1743The Child’s New Play-Thing: Being a Spelling-Book Intended To make the Learning to Read, a Diversion instead of a Task. London: M. Cooper.Google Scholar
Fisher, Daniel
1759The Child's Christian Education: or, Spelling and Reading Made Easy. London: B. Dod.Google Scholar
Darby, Abiah
1763Useful Instruction for Children 1754 London: Luke Hinde.Google Scholar
Joseph Priestley
1767A Catechism, for Children, and Young Persons. London: J. Johnson.Google Scholar
Claus, Daniel
1781A Primer for the Use of the Mohawk Children: To Acquire the Spelling and Reading of their own, as well as to get acquainted with the English Tongue. Montreal: F. Mesplets.Google Scholar
1799The Child's New Spelling Primer; or, First book for children. To which is added the stories of Cinderilla, and the Little Red Riding Hood. Dublin: T. Wilkinson.Google Scholar
1804The ABC with the Catechism, That is to say an Instruction to be Learned of Every Person, Before he be Brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop. Salisbury: B. C. Collins.Google Scholar

Secondary sources

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1949Early Primers for the Use of Children. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 43: 374–8. DOI logoGoogle Scholar
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1987The Riverside Chaucer, third edition, gen. ed. Larry D. Benson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
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1996The Christian's ABC. Catechisms and catechizing in England c. 1530–1740. Oxford: Clarendon Press. DOI logoGoogle Scholar
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1661A New Discovery of the Old Art of Teaching Schoole in Four Small Treatises. London: Andrew Crook.Google Scholar
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1996Reading in Tudor England. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.Google Scholar
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(ed) 1897The New England Primer. A History of its Origin and Development with a Reprint of the Unique Copy of the Earliest Known Edition. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co.Google Scholar
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