Il Metodo della pedagogia scientifica applicato all'educazione infantile nelle case dei bambini.

Castello: S. Lapi, 1909 Stock Code: 139362

The first statement of the Montessori method

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First edition, first issue, of the Italian reformer's pioneering first work, the exposition of the theory behind her groundbreaking educational techniques; a landmark in the history of education. The later issue by Bretschneider in Rome has a new imprint slip pasted onto the title.

First a student of engineering, then medicine - both of which were considered unusual career choices for women at the time - Maria Montessori (1870-1952) became the first woman in Italy to qualify as a medical doctor, graduating in 1896. As part of her work at the University of Rome's psychiatric clinic Montessori visited the city's asylums to observe children with mental disabilities. That, paired with her intensive study of the writings of earlier physicians, educators, and philosophers like Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard, Edouard Séguin, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, and Froebel, convinced her that any issues encountered when teaching the so-called 'ineducable' were merely pedagogical. Having become a vocal advocate of both women's rights and the education of disabled children, she gave a series of lectures on special methods of teaching, was appointed director of a medical-pedagogical institute, and worked at the Orthophrenic School. On 6 January 1907 the first Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, opened, with an initial intake of 50 to 60 children. "In The Montessori Method, first published in 1909, Montessori set forth the theory and practice of the Casa dei Bambini. This book was so widely translated and well received that people across the world began flocking to Rome to observe her ideas in action" (Palmer, p. 225). Her first published work, it sold over 5,000 copies in the first week. It was translated into English by Anne E. George in 1912 (New York: Frederick A. Stokes), itself a best-seller, and a revised and enlarged edition, renamed The Discovery of the Child, was published in 1948. The Montessori method remains a popular pedagogical model to this day.

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Tall quarto (280 x 200 mm), preserving front printed wrapper. Contemporary tan quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands with dot roll, scrollwork motifs to compartments, plum cloth boards, marbled endpapers, edges untrimmed.


Folding diagram facing p. 48, 15 black-and-white plates at rear, numerous diagrams to text, engraved headpieces.


Bookseller's label, Libraria Editrice G. B. Petrini di Giovanni Gallizio, Torino obscuring imprint on wrapper, as often. A few minor marks to slightly splayed boards, wrapper strengthened at gutter, sporadic dampstain to margins, contents evenly toned and clean with just a few instances of faint foxing. A very good copy.


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