BOYS, NON-FICTION, AND MISCELLANEOUS SERIES by Jacob Abbott

Alphabetically by series title

Abbott's GIRLS SERIES are on a separate page, as is Abbott's biography

ABBOTT'S ILLUSTRATED HISTORIES
see ILLUSTRATED HISTORIES

AMERICAN HISTORIES

  1. Aboriginal America (1860)
        Online at Google Book Search
  2. Discovery of America (1860)
  3. The Southern Colonies (1861)
        Online at Google Book Search
  4. The Northern Colonies (1862)
  5. Wars of the Colonies (1863)
  6. Revolt of the Colonies (1864)
  7. War of the Revolution (1864)
        Online at Google Book Search
  8. Washington (1865)
        Online at Google Book Search
Originally advertised as a 12 volume series with volumes 5-12 planned as The Middle Colonies; Revolt of the Colonies; Boston in Seventy-Five; New York in Seventy-Six; The Carolinas in Seventy-Nine; Campaign in the Jerseys; Burgoyne and Cornwallis; The Federal Constitution

AUGUST STORIES

  1. August and Elvie (1871)
  2. Hunter and Tom (1871)
  3. The Schooner Mary Ann (1872)
  4. Granville Valley (1872)

CALEB AND JONAS
see JONAS

GAY
see JOHN GAY and WILLIAM GAY

HARLIE STORIES

  1. The New Shoes; or, Productive Work by Little Hands (1863)
  2. The French Flower; or, Be Kind and Obliging to Your Teacher (1863)
  3. Harlie's Letter; or, How to Learn with Little Teaching (1863)
       
    Available online
  4. Wild Peggie (1863)
  5. The Sea-Shore; or, How to Plan Pic-nics and Excursions (1863)
  6. Friskie, the Pony; or, Do No Harm to Helpless Animals (1863)
        Available online

HARPER'S PICTURE BOOKS FOR THE NURSERY
see LITTLE LEARNER

HARPER'S STORY BOOKS

    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Advertisements explained this was "A Monthly Series of Narratives, Biographies, and Tales for the Instruction and Entertainment of the Young. . . . Each Number . . . will contain 160 pages in small quarto form, very beautifully illustrated, and printed on superfine paper . . . [at] Three Dollars a year, or Twenty-five Cents a Number in Paper, or Forty Cent a Number bound in Cloth gilt. . . . The Quarterly volumes, as completed, neatly bound in Cloth gilt, are sold at One Dollar each. . . ." Readers also had the option of adding a year's subscription to Harper's Magazine for another two dollars.

ILLUSTRATED HISTORIES

22 of the 32 volumes were by Jacob Abbott; the remainder were by his brother John S. C. Abbott (though some reprints incorrectly show Jacob Abbott's name on the title page of all volumes). Although the publication dates of John Abbott's volumes suggest they were interspersed throughout the series, they are here listed separetely.

The series order varies in different ads. The order for the Jacob Abbott titles is taken from Carl J. Weber's A Bibliography of Jacob Abbott. Listings in some ads appear to organize the titles chronologically by subject: Several began with Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Romulus, Hannibal, Pyrrhus, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Nero, before diverging with later rulers. As one advertisement noted, "The successive volumes of the series, though they each contain the life of a single individual, and constitute thus a distinct and independent work, follow each other in the main, in regular historical order, and each one continues the general narrative of history down to the period at which the next volume takes up the story; so that the whole series presents to the reader a connected narrative of the line of general history from the present age back to the remotest times."

Later ads also subdivided the series into smaller sets. One included three such sets:
      English Series: Alfred, William the Conqueror, Richard I, Mary, Elizabeth, Charles I, Charles II
      Ancient Series: Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, Alexander, Romulus, Hannibal, Pyrrhus, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Nero
      General: Hernando, Christopher Columbus [by John S. C. Abbott, but not considered part of the regular 32-volume series], Maria Antoinette, Mme Roland, Henry IV, King Philip

More frequently, however, the series was divided into six boxed sets: Founders of Empires, Heroes of Roman History, Earlier British Kings and Queens, Later British Kings and Queens, Queens and Heroines, Rulers of Later Times. Individual volumes' placement in each of those sets is noted in the listing below.

  1. History of King Charles the First of England (1848)
        Also as Charles I [LATER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #4]
        Online at
    The Baldwin Project

  2. History of Mary Queen of Scots (1848)
        [LATER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #2]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  3. History of Alexander the Great (1848)
        [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES #4]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  4. History of Julius Caesar (1849)
        [HEROES OF ROMAN HISTORY #4]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  5. History of Hannibal the Carthaginian (1849)
        [HEROES OF ROMAN HISTORY #2]
        Online at Google Book Search

  6. History of William the Conqueror (1849)
        [EARLIER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #2]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  7. History of King Charles the Second of England (1849)
        Also as Charles II [LATER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #5]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  8. History of Elizabeth, Queen of England (1849)
        Also as Queen Elizabeth [LATER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #3]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  9. History of King Alfred of England (1849)
        Also as Alfred the Great [EARLIER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #1]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  10. History of Xerxes the Great (1850)
        [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES #3]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  11. History of Cyrus the Great (1850)
        [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES #1]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  12. History of Darius the Great (1850)
        [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES #2]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  13. History of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (1851)
        [QUEENS AND HEROINES #1]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  14. History of Romulus (1852)
        [HEROES OF ROMAN HISTORY #1]
        Online at Google Book Search

  15. History of Nero (1853)
        [HEROES OF ROMAN HISTORY #5]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  16. History of Pyrrhus (1853)
        [HEROES OF ROMAN HISTORY #3]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  17. History of King Richard the First of England (1857)
        Also as Richard I [EARLIER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #3]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  18. History of King Richard the Second of England (1858)
        Also as Richard II [EARLIER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #4]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  19. History of King Richard the Third of England 1858
        Also as Richard III [LATER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #1]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  20. History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia (1859)
        Also as Peter the Great [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES #6]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  21. History of Ghenghis Khan (1860)
        [FOUNDERS OF EMPIRES-5]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  22. History of Margaret of Anjou Queen of Henry VI of England (1861)
        Also as Margaret of Anjou [EARLIER BRITISH KINGS AND QUEENS #5]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

    Titles by John S. C. Abbott
    (Note: Some editions erroneously attribute these books to Jacob Abbott)

  23. History of Maria Antoinette (1849) - by John S. C. Abbott
        Also as Marie Antoinette [QUEENS AND HEROINES #2]
        Online at Google Book Search

  24. History of Madame Roland (1850) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [QUEENS AND HEROINES #5]
        Online at Google Book Search

  25. History of Josephine (1851) - by John S. C. Abbott
        Also as Empress Josephine [QUEENS AND HEROINES #3]
        Online at Google Book Search

  26. History of Hernando Cortez (1855) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #2]
        Online at Google Book Search

  27. History of Henry the Fourth, King of France and Navarre (1856) - by John S. C. Abbott
        Also as Henry IV [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #3]
        Online at Google Book Search

  28. History of King Philip, Sovereign Chief of the Wampanoags (1857) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #1]
        Online at Google Book Search

  29. History of Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and of Italy (1869) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #5]
        Online at The Baldwin Project

  30. History of Hortense, Daughter of Josephine, Queen of Holland, Mother of Napoleon III Queen Hortense (1870?) - by John S. C. Abbott
        Also as Queen Hortense [QUEENS AND HEROINES #4]
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  31. History of Louis XIV (1870) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #4]
        Online at Google Book Search

  32. Louis Philippe (1871) - by John S. C. Abbott
        [RULERS OF LATER TIMES #6]
        Online at Google Book Search

JOHN GAY; OR, WORK FOR BOYS

  1. Work for Winter (1864)
  2. Work for Spring (1864)
  3. Work for Summer (1864)
  4. Work for Autumn (1864)
Two companion series were
MARY GAY and WILLIAM GAY.

JONAS STORIES

  1. Caleb in Town. A Story for Children (1839)
        Online at
    Google Book Search
  2. Caleb in the Country. A Story for Children (1839)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  3. Jonas's Stories, related to Rollo and Lucy (1839)
  4. Jonas, a Judge; or, Law among the Boys (1840)
  5. Jonas on a Farm in Summer (1841)
        Online at Google Book Search
  6. Jonas on a Farm in Winter (1841)
        Online at Project Gutenberg

LITTLE LEARNER

  1. Little Learner. Learning to Talk; or, Entertaining and Instructive Lessons in the Use of Language (1855)
        Online at
    Google Book Search
  2. Little Learner. Learning to Think, Consisting of Easy and Entertaining Lessons, Designed to Assist in the First Unfolding of the Reflective and Reasoning Powers of Children (1856)
  3. Little Learner. Learning to Read. Consisting of easy and entertaining lessons, designed to interest young children in studying the forms of the letters, and in beginning to read (1856)
  4. Little Learner. Learning about Common Things; or, Familiar Instructions for Children in Respect to the Objects around Them, that Attract their Attention, and Awaken their Curiousity in the Earliest Years of Life (1856)
  5. Little Learner. Learning about Right and Wrong; or, Entertaining and Instructive Lessons for Young Children, in Respect to Their Duty (1857)

MAKERS OF HISTORY
see ILLUSTRATED HISTORIES

MARCO PAUL'S ADVENTURES IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

Note: All titles begin with "Marco Paul's Adventures in Pursuit of Knowledge"
  1. City of New York (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul in the City of New York
        Online at
    Google Book Search
  2. Erie Canal (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul on the Erie Canal
  3. Forests of Maine (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul in the Forests of Maine
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  4. State of Vermont (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul in Vermont
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  5. City of Boston (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul in the City of Boston
        Online at Google Book Search
  6. Springfield Armory (1843)
        Sometimes listed as Marco Paul at the Springfield Armory

MARCO PAUL'S TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES IN PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE
see MARCO PAUL'S ADVENTURES IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

MARCO PAUL'S VOYAGES AND TRAVELS IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE
see MARCO PAUL'S ADVENTURES IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

ROLLO

  1. Rollo Learning to Talk (1838?/1855)
        Originally published as The Little Scholar Learning to Talk: A Picture Book for Rollo (1835)
  2. Rollo Learning to Read; or, Easy stories for young children (1835/1855)
        Online at
    Nineteenth-Century American Children...
  3. Rollo at Work; or,The Way for a Boy to Learn to Be Industrious (1838/1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  4. Rollo at Play; or, Safe Amusements (1838/1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  5. Rollo at School (1839/1855)
  6. Rollo's vacation (1839/1855)
  7. Rollo's Experiments (1839?/1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  8. Rollo's Museum (1839/1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  9. Rollo's Travels (1839/1855)
        Online at Nineteenth-Century American Children...
  10. Rollo's Correspondence (1840?/1855)
        Online at Google Book Search
Carl J. Weber's A Bibliography of Jacob Abbott notes the original series stopped at ten volumes. In 1855, the firm of Phillips, Sampson & Co. issued a new edition. Those editions bore a notice stating that "The Rollo series is composed of fourteen volumes"; the series list included the above titles plus the four Rollo's Philosophy books.
Another non-series title was also published: The Rollo Code of Morals; or, The Rules of Duty for Children (1841)

ROLLO AND LUCY BOOKS OF POETRY

  1. Rocking Horse; or, The Rollo and Lucy First Book of Peotry (1863)
  2. Carlo; or, The Rollo and Lucy Second Book of Poetry (1863)
  3. The Canary Bird; or, The Rollo and Lucy Third Book of Poetry (1863)

ROLLO STORYBOOKS

These reprinted stories from the early books in the Rollo series.
  1. Labor Lost (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
  2. The Two Wheelbarrows (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
  3. Causey Building (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
  4. Rollo's Garden (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
  5. The Apple Gathering (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
  6. Georgie (1857)
        From Rollo at Work
        Online at
    Project Gutenberg
  7. Rollo in the Woods (1857?)
        From Rollo at Play
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  8. The Steeple Trap (1857?)
        From Rollo at Play
  9. The Halo Round the Moon; or, Lucy's Visit (1857)
        From Rollo at Play
  10. The Freshet (1857?)
        From Rollo at Play
  11. Blue-berrying (1857)
        From Rollo at Play
  12. Trouble on the Mountain (1857?)
        From Rollo at Play

ROLLO'S PHILOSOPHY

  1. The Rollo Philosophy: Part I: Water (1841)
        Reissued as Rollo's Philosophy: Water in 1855 as part of the Rollo series (above)
        Online at
    Google Book Search

  2. The Rollo Philosophy: Part II: Air (1841)
        Reissued as Rollo's Philosophy: Air in 1855 as part of the Rollo series (above)
        Online at Project Gutenberg

  3. The Rollo Philosophy: Part III: Fire (1842)
        Reissued as Rollo's Philosophy: Fire in 1855 as part of the Rollo series (above)
        Online at Google Book Search

  4. The Rollo Philosophy: Part IV: The Sky (1842)
        Reissued as Rollo's Philosophy: Sky in 1855 as part of the Rollo series (above)

ROLLO'S TOUR IN EUROPE

  1. Rollo on the Atlantic (1853)
        Online at
    Project Gutenberg
  2. Rollo in Paris (1854)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  3. Rollo in Switzerland (1854)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  4. Rollo in London (1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  5. Rollo on the Rhine (1855)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  6. Rollo in Scotland (1856)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  7. Rollo in Holland (1857)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  8. Rollo in Geneva (1857)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  9. Rollo in Naples (1858)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
  10. Rollo in Rome (1858)
        Online at Project Gutenberg
An anonymous parody of the books, Rollo's Journey to Cambridge (not by Abbott) was published in 1880 and is available on Google Book Search.

SCIENCE FOR THE YOUNG

  1. Heat (1871)
        Online at
    Google Book Search
  2. Light (1871)
  3. Water and Land (1871)
  4. Force (1872)
        Online at Google Book Search

STORIES OF RAINBOW AND LUCKY

  1. Handie (1859)
        Online at
    Nineteenth-Century American Children
  2. Rainbow's Journey (1860)
        Online at Nineteenth-Century American Children
  3. The Three Pines (1860)
        Online at Nineteenth-Century American Children
  4. Selling Lucky (1860)
        Online at Nineteenth-Century American Children
  5. Up the River (1861)
        Online at Nineteenth-Century American Children

WILLIAM GAY; OR, PLAY FOR BOYS

  1. Play for Winter (1869)
  2. Play for Spring (1869)
  3. Play for Summer (1869)
  4. Play for Autumn (1869)
Two companion series were
MARY GAY and JOHN GAY.

YOUNG CHRISTIAN

  1. The Young Christian (1832)
  2. The Corner-Stone (1834)
        Online at
    Google Book Search
  3. The Way To Do Good (1836)
  4. Hoaryhead and M'Donner (1855)
    Originally issued separately: Hoaryhead, and the Valleys Below (1838) (online at Google Book Search); and McDonner; or, Truth Through Fiction (1839)

See "Bibliography of works by Jacob Abbott at Pat Pflieger's Nineteenth-Century Children & What They Read website for a chronological listing of Abbott's books.

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