EARLY CHAPBOOK. EASY LESSONS FOR YOUNG READERS. Worcester: S.A.Howland, no date (circa 1830). 3 3/4" x 3". Front wrapper and 16 pages. Complete text but lacks back wrapper. 16 woodcuts. A fragile but lovingly preserved chapbook with overstitched spine, some staining, and dog-eared corners. The publisher of this little chapbook was Southworth Allen Howland (1800-1882). He was a direct descendant of John Howland one of the Pilgrims who sailed to America on The Mayflower in 1620. In addition to being a successful publisher, he also ran the largest bookstore in Worcester, Ma. His daughter, Esther Howland (1828-1904), was known for introducing Valentine cards to the American public. Provenance: inscribed verso front wrapper "William H. Clark/Presented by his teacher/Mary L.Carleton". Sold as-is.