Hard Cover. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: American Book Company, 1939. Near Fine.
1. McGuffey, William H. McGuffey's New First Eclectic Reader; McGuffey's New Second Eclectic Reader; and McGuffey's New Third Eclectic Reader. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: American Book Company, 1939. New editions. First Eclectic Reader signed by Henry Ford to front free endpaper. Publisher's quarter black cloth and blue pictorial paper-covered boards; original order form on Henry Ford's letterhead laid in. About near fine with toning to extremities and a touch of rubbing to spine ends, some light spotting throughout, contemporary ownership signature of Charles L. Guthrie in each volume. 2. McGuffey, William A. McGuffey's Pictorial Eclectic Primer. Cincinnati: Wilson, Hinkle & Co., 1939. Publisher's quarter brown cloth and tan pictorial boards. About fine with some spotting internally, Charles L. Guthrie's ownership inscription to front free endpaper. 3. Cameron, W. J. The Mind of McGuffey. Miami University: 1937. First edition. 9-page pamphlet, staple-bound. A very good copy with some light wear and toning to top edge and a few scattered spots. 4. Campsall, Frank. Typed letter signed. Dearborn, Michigan: June 29, 1944. Typed letter on one page of Henry Ford's letterhead addressed to William Guthrie from Frank Campsall. About fine with a few spots; in the original envelope. The letter acknowledges Guthrie's request for a set of McGuffey Readers, brought to Campsall's attention by their mutual acquaintance Lieutenant James D. Newton of Camp Lee, Virginia. Guthrie requested the books as a gift for his father, an admirer of McGuffey; Campsall states in his letter: "On mentioning this matter to Mr Ford, he has asked that we send one of the sets that were reprinted for his personal use. […] You will note that he has autographed the first reader of this set." 5. Guthrie, William. Autograph note signed. . Printed pictorial birthday card in an envelope addressed "Dad" and signed "Bill," presumably given to Charles Guthrie by his son, William, with the set of McGuffey Readers. 6. Guthrie, Charles. Typed letter unsigned. Petersburg, Virginia: July 26, 1944. One-page letter addressed to Frank Campsall on Charles Guthrie's personal letterhead. In fine condition with one handwritten edit to the text. This letter thanks Campsall for the gift of the McGuffey Readers, and asks that he convey his appreciation to Mr. Ford. This archive contains a set of McGuffey's Readers, educational books for schoolchildren, reprinted from a 19th century edition by Henry Ford for his personal use. Ford was an enthusiastic supporter of the books, often citing them as one of his most important influences as a child. Many copies of this 1939 reprint were distributed to schools across the U.S. William Bell Guthrie was born and raised in Petersburg, VA. He went to Washington & Lee and then to UVA for his PhD in English. He taught English at the University of Richmond and his specialties were Henry Fielding and Matthew Arnold. Of the latter, he transcribed Arnold's Diaries (yet unpublished) for the first time. His father Charles, the recipient of these books, and Charles' mother Etta Bell, had their roots in Virginia and were both book collectors. Etta grew up on a former plantation called Wilburn in Lunenburg County, VA, the home of her father Isaac Bonaparte Bell.