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Geometry, & Grammar


The grammar print is one of series of prints in the Rudiment Box which typifies the association of text and image as a teaching tool. The practice of Grammar is identified in the scrolls as an Intellectual Science. Central to this fine print is an elegant rhyme entitled "The Nine Parts of Speech", which, according to the verse, "Read-ing, Writ-ing, Speak-ing teach."

The poem consists of rhyming couplets explaining each of the core parts of speech, Articles, Nouns, Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Conjunctions, and Interjections. Surrounding the text is an illustrated alphabet which deploys in several instances objects to illustrate letters which would have been familiar to early 19th century children, such as the Kite, The (Spinning) Top, the Watch, and Quill.

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