Noah Webster (1758-1843).
A Grammatical Institute of the
English Language . . .Part I.
Hartford, Conn.: Hudson & Goodwin,
for the author 
Rare Book & Special
Gift of John D. Batchelder, 1936 (102B)
Appropriately covered in a cross-stitched ABC sampler, Noah Webster's
first speller helped initiate the cultural independence of America.
Using his own money, Webster, a twenty-five-year-old rural Connecticut
school teacher, published this uniform system of pronunciation and
spelling with hopes that it would unify the new American nation
under a common "American" language. Reissued and revised throughout
the nineteenth century, more copies of Webster's "blue-back speller"
have been sold than any other book except the Bible.