Dubuque, Iowa: Normal Monthly Publishing Co., 1887.
Softcover. Good. Three issues, each 6 x 8-1/2" in sewn printed yellow wraps, each with continuous pagination from previous numbers. The September '87 issue has an engraved frontispiece portrait of William B. Allison (U.S. Senator from Iowa), a 4-page supplemental advertisement on pink paper tipped in at the end, and a most interesting 2-page advertisement for the D.D. Merrill job-printing company of St. Paul, printed in red and black, tipped in at p. 89. The May '88 issue has an additional 4-page advertising circular on laid paper tipped in at p. 432. Condition is fair to good, with some age-toning and soiling, one volume with insect damage to the upper edge of the first 10 leaves, but not infringing upon the text. Subtitled "A Magazine Devoted to Education: The Official Educational Journal of Iowa," the contents of these volumes will conjure up happy memories for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's teaching days in the "Little House" books (and, in fact, Mary Ingalls was a student at the Iowa College for the Blind during this precise period, from 1881 to 1889). As a pedagogical record and as social history (articles include "The Negro Problem" and "Ballot Reform in Iowa"), they are fascinating.