London / Birmingham: Humphrey Milford / Cornish Brothers, 1914. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Quite likely the first published, professional survey of Montessori schools operating throughout Italy [or anywhere else for that matter] in 1913. Title page continues "By Jessie White, D. Sc. (Lond.) Moral Sciences Tripos (Cambridge) Formerly Vice-Principal of the Home and Colonial Kindergarten Training College ; Author of 'Educational Ideas of Froebel' ". Green cloth over boards, title stamped in gilt onto spine, 12mo (6-3/4 inches [17.2 cm] tall), pp. 185, [186 - blank] with a two sided photographic reproduction ad plate at rear, showing parts of the Montessori Didactic Materials available from the sole manufacturer of those Montessori products. Volume slightly dished with light wear, some discoloration to cloth covers and a touch of slant to spine, offset to feps from pastedowns, occasional spotting or small pencil notation to text, light bump to bottom edge of text block, period ink name at top of ffep, original London bookseller's tag at foot of rear pastedown. Very Good. Item #2916
From the Prologue "This book is the outcome of two months' observational work carried out in Italy and the Canton of Ticino in April, May, and June 1913. Like many other people I had been greatly stirred in the summer of 1912 by reading the English translation of Dr. Montessori's book… In the autumn of 1912 and the early spring of 1913, I attended a good many lectures on Dr. Montessori's work given in London, and I had become a member of the Montessori Society soon after it was started in the summer of 1912. I was thus well acquainted with the leading principles and with the material, but whereas there were some things which I had heard over and over again, there were many things which I wanted to hear but have not heard. I had not gathered enough detail to be able to form a mental picture of what the work in Italy really amounted to. It was for the purpose of seeing how things actually worked out in practice that I determined to go to Italy at the beginning of April 1913." A nice copy of this early, professional look at the Montessori System in situ.
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