John B. Copp's Book (Sketches and Arithmetic)


John B. Copp's book of sketches and arithmetic has 12 pages of white paper bound in course brown paper and measures 9 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches. There are 18 pages with elaborate pencil drawings of men and women and six pages of division, multiplication, and other mathematical notations. The pages are written on each side for a total of 24 pages of sketches and figures.

The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Education Tools- Math


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Cultures & Communities, Copp Collection


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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006874.07Catalog Number: 6874.07Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: bookletOther Terms: Booklet; Manuscript

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 1/2 in x 9 in; 31.75 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_318513

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