The Fifth Reader of the School and Family Series by Marcius Willson, (c.1861 on copyright page), 5x7.5, 540 pgs, black/white engravings, leather spine with cloth covered boards, Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, NY. This interesting educational text discusses elocution, reptiles, fish, human physiology and health, botany, natural philosophy (physics), chemistry, architecture, geography, ancient history, etc. Includes numerous poems and anecdotes (indexed by author) by such luminaries as Edgar Allen Poe, Izaak Walton and Darwin. Illustrated with numerous engravings. This is interesting reading since it presents information based on the contemporary scientific view of the day and not a strict biblical interpretation - the six days of creation are presented as six indefinite periods of time over which life developed on earth.
Condition: Only Fair condition with heavy wear to binding including missing segment of leather spine, frayed corners, scattered foxing throughout (heavier on eps and title page), occasional page corner folds and small interior stains, etc. The marbled fore-edge is badly faded. There are handwritten notations in margins of a couple of pages. Contents are complete and legible and still useful for reference.