I found the Eclectic Primer and Pictorial Eclectic Primer at an antique mall today that I purchased for our K graduate at a good price. Interestingly, they were written by William H. McGuffey who was a professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where I grew up and went to college. I even attended the McGuffey Foundation school in 5th grade! I had no idea who this man was until I picked the books up and read the publisher's preface.
Rainbow Resource sells two versions of these books. Does anyone know the difference between them? One version looks just like the ones I bought, pictured above. Is the content the same? The copy I bought says that it is presented in a more readable form but the stories, poems, and pictures appear as they did in the first edition. So, I assume that this is close to the original. I'm not sure about the others. I would greatly appreciate any information anyone could provide!
Aside from my questions, I think I'm going to like using these. I want to collect them all (I think), so I'll definitely be looking for them at used sales, book stores, and flea markets! I don't know why I'm drawn to these older books; I just love them!