EXPOSÉ DE LA MÉTHOD ÉLÉMENTAIRE DE H. PESTALOZZI by CHAVANNES,…

EXPOSÉ DE LA MÉTHOD ÉLÉMENTAIRE DE H. PESTALOZZI suivi d’une notice sur les travaux de cet homme célèbre, son Institut et ses principaux collaborateurs... A Vevey, de l’imprimerie de Loertscher et fils. MDCCCV.

1805. 8vo, pp. [viii], [5] - 203; with three folding woodcut charts; faint dampstain affecting gutters of preliminary leaves, signatures B and M somewhat browned, with some occasional light browning; library markings and classmarks on inside front wrapper; in contemporary plain green wrappers, green paper classmark label at tail of spine, covers a little soiled and dog-eared, with ‘Duplicato’ written in pencil at head of upper wrapper; with printed book-label of ‘Biblioteca Fagnani’ at tail of half-title; a good copy. First edition of this early and important exposition of Pestalozzi’s educational theories, including a biography of Pestalozzi and an account of his educational institute at Burgdorf and his collaborators there, Krüsi, Tobler and Büss.
Chavannes (1765-1846), a member of both the Grand Council and the Academic Council in Lausanne, was a prominent figure in the religious and political life of the Canton of Vaud, and actively championed on behalf of Pestalozzi. He believed his plan to be more suitable than any other to public instruction, and that it would be of particular benefit to the village schoolmaster in helping the progress of his students. Many of Pestlozzi’s theories discussed by Chavannes were unavailable in French, such as the Buch der Mütter, A B C der Anschauung, oder, Anschauungs-Lehre der Massverhältnisse and Anschauungslehre der Zahlenverhältnisse, all of which were published in 1803 and only available in German. The three schematic plates relate to Chapter IV, ‘De l’instruciton intuïtive du rapport des formes et dimensions’.
A Paris reprint appeared in the same year and there was a ‘Nouvelle édition’, published in Paris 1809. The dedication to the President and council members of the Canton of Vaud is dated Vevey, February 1805. A biography of Pestalozzi by Mlle Herminie Chavannes, presumably a descendant of the author, was published at Lausanne in 1853. It includes a section on the present work.

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