Horn books

Horn books were widely used by children from the 15th-18th century. These "books" were often made of wood covered with a printed alphabet page. A very fine, transparent slice of a cow's horn was nailed over the page to preserve the paper, making horn books a practical and sturdy tool. On these Horn Book reproductions, note that there are only 24 letters in the alphabet instead of the 26 we use today. In Tudor times, the letters "i" and "j" were the same as well as "u" and "v". Many horn books also included the Lord's Prayer, as religion was a significant part of a child's life.

Please click the images of the Facsimile Horn Books for enlargements:

      

Horn Book Horn Book

History of the Horn-Book
by Andrew Tuer.
099 T81

Horn Book

History of the Horn-Book
by Andrew Tuer.
099 T81

Horn Book

Landmarks In the Early History and Development of Books for Children
by Charles Welsh.
028.5 W465l