Jacob Abbott

Jacob Abbott
Vital Statistics
 Name: Jacob Abbott
 Pen/other names: Erodore, Marianne, Mertrem, Phala
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 Occupations: Professor, Congregationalist Minister
 Specialties: Juvenile Stories
 Year born: 1803
 Year died: 1879
 Age: 76
 ISNI: 0000 0001 0985 9610
 LCNA: n50037006
 Attribution:
Original Curator: MaryC

Jacob Abbott was a congregationalist minister who was perhaps the most influential and prolific author of children's books in the mid-19th century.

His series of Rollo books as well as his other series for juveniles were published by numerous firms both in the United States and England.

The Maker of History series books were published for more than 50 years and are still popular today among home schoolers. His Lucy series may have been the first girl's series (1842).

The books were not overly entertaining or full of adventure. Although Rollo may have traveled throughout Europe, Abbott's bottom line was to teach religion and morals to the readership. This is true for all of his juvenile work.

His books about religion and in particular his Young Christian Series were immensely popular in Christian circles.

In all he wrote more than 200 books which were published by more than a hundred different publishers.

He authored books mainly in his own name but early on used pseudonyms such as Erodore and Marianne. The Erodore nom de plume was a palindrome which all members of a secret society at Andover Theological Seminary were required to adopt. Other names used by Abbott were Mertrem and Phala.

Bibliographies of Abbott books have been written by Carl Weber in 1948 (Published by the Colby College Press) and Rollo Silver-published in the Colophon in 1939. These however do not discuss the numerous reprints and have no pictures. I hope to remedy those shortcomings (as time goes on) with this site.

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Benjamin B. Comegys - Jacob Abbott - A Primer of Ethics
Excerpt from A Primer of Ethics Jacob Abbott was, in his day, the most voluminous, the most popular, the most useful writer for the young.
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Isabella DeCarlo - Jacob Abbott - Rollo's Tour in Europe
This is a series of 10 books for children entitled 'Rollo's Tour in Europe'. Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) educator and author of the immensely popular Rollo series of books for children, sends his hero Rollo Holiday, his parents, his brother Thanny...
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Detailed Body of Work
(136 listed)
Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth
Norman Cantor - Alexander the Great
"Alexander's behavior was conditioned along certain lines -- heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

Thema Categories: Ancient history, Military history, Ancient Greek religion and mythology
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
American History: Wars Of The Colonies
Jacob Abbott - American History: Wars Of The Colonies
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work...

Thema Categories: American History
Published in: English
Editions available: 1
Willie and The Mortgage: Showing How Much May Be Accomplished By A Boy
Jacob Abbott - Willie and The Mortgage
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work...

Thema Categories: Classic Literature
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Force
Jacob Abbott - Force
Excerpt from Force Tue object of this series, though it has been prepared with special reference to the young, and is written to a considerable extent in a narrative form, is not mainly to amuse the readers with the interest...

Thema Categories: Classic fiction, Classic Literature
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Labor Lost
Jacob Abbott - Labor Lost
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work...

Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young
Jacob Abbott - Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young Or, the Principles on Which a Firm Parental Authority May Be Established and Maintained, Without Violence or Anger, and the Right Development of the Moral and Mental Capacities Be Promoted...

Thema Categories: Child care and upbringing: advice for parents
Published in: English
Editions available: 4
Heat: (Science For The Young Vol. 1)
Jacob Abbott - Heat
An Excerpt: Lawrence and his cousin John were sitting at a table together in the breakfast-room of a large hotel in New York, waiting for their breakfast to be brought in. After breakfast the coach was to come which was...

Thema Categories: Classic Literature, Classic fiction
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Light: (Science For The Young Vol. 2)
Jacob Abbott - Light
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original artwork and text.

Thema Categories: Classic Literature, Classic fiction
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
Water and Land: (Science For The Young Vol. 3)
Jacob Abbott - Water and Land
Excerpt from Water and Land The object of this series, though it has been prepared with special reference to the young, and is written to a considerable extent in a narrative form, is not mainly to amuse the readers with...

Thema Categories: Classic fiction, Classic Literature
Published in: English
Editions available: 1
The August Stories
Jacob Abbott - The August Stories
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work...

Thema Categories: Classic Literature, Classic fiction, Short stories
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
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