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PESTALOZZI’S WRITINGS INTRODUCED TO FRANCOPHONE READERS.

CHAVANNES, Daniel-Alexandre (1765–1846)

Exposé de la méthode élémentaire de H. Pestalozzi suivi d’une notice sur les travaux de cet homme célèbre, son Institut et ses principaux collaborateurs ... A Vevey, de l’imprimerie de Loertscher et fils. MDCCCV

Vevey: Loertscher et fils, 1805
8vo, pp. [9] 6–203 and 3 folding woodcut charts.
Condition: 199 x 122mm. Signature M browned; cornes dog-eared.
Binding: Contemporary plain wrappers.
Provenance: Biblioteca Fagnani with printed label on half title, and classmarks on endleaves and spine, ‘Duplicato’ written in pencil on upper wrapper.
First edition. A Paris reprint appeared in the same year and there is a ‘Nouvelle édition’, Paris 1809. The dedication to the President and council members of the Canton of Vaud is dated Vevey, February 1805.
£650

An early exposition of Pestalozzi’s educational theories including a biography of Pestalozzi and an account of his educational institute at Burgdorf and his collaborators there, Krüsi, Tobler and Büss.
Other chapters discuss the material in Pestalozzi’s works, such as the Buch der Mütter, A B C der Anschauung, oder, Anschauungs-Lehre der Massverhältnisse and Anschauungslehre der Zahlenverhältnisse, all published in 1803 and only available in German.
Chapter IV, ‘De l’instruciton intuïtive du rapport des formes et dimensions’, is illustrated by 3 schematic plates.
A biography of Pestalozzi by Mlle Herminie Chavannes, presumably a descendant of the author, was published at Lausanne in 1853. It includes a section on the present work.
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