On September 25, 1820, the firm of John Harris and Son, London, published a small book titled "The Paths of Learning Strewed With Flowers or English Grammar Illustrated." On the introductory page, the publisher wrote "The purpose of this little work is to obviate the reluctance Children evince to the irksome and insipid task of learning the Names and Meaning of the component Parts of Grammar." Each of the following 16 pages were hand engraved and hand colored, each illustrating the meaning of a grammatical term. Six years later in Hartford, Connecticut, engraver/publisher Asaph Willard (1786 - 1880) issued it for American children. This set of four charming framed prints are lithographs of those pages.
Each 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch image was printed in greyscale with the effect of hand tinting. There are two pages illustrating Adjectives (as there were in the original), one of Participles and one of Interjections. The overall size of each is 4 inches by 5 inches, in wood frames painted a muted gold and having a metal hanging ring at the top. Three of the four have intact dust papers on the back, while one paper is torn. The frames and prints are in very good condition, with just wear on the frame edges, This quartet of prints makes a lovely gift for the teacher or grammarian and a decorative delight for a child's room. Their small size make them useful in groups or on their own.