Cincinnati: National Publishing Co, 1875. Folio; 8vo.  text pages plus 24 chromolithograph pages in the Chart; [ii], 7-125 pp. THIRD EDITION. I: Original publisher’s blind-stamped cloth, title in gilt on front cover; other than some browning on the blank fly-leaf, interior is in absolutely excellent condition.
II: Original cloth, gilt title and embossed border; interior fine. Item #17588
Third edition; the first edition was published 1845. Lyman (1815–1885) sets out to present a comprehensive chronology in the form of tables and charts to “bring the eye to the aid of the mind in locating facts and events.” His goal is to assist the reader to learn about history not through the overwhelming memorization of facts but through visualizing time “as a stream.” He uses bright colors in the tables, signs and symbols, and the strategic organization of events, which are all additionally explained in the accompanying key. The preface includes a short explanation of the Chart as well as an interesting discussion of the causes of discrepancy among historians. Lyman lists some of the principal events in the history of various countries (the United States starts with Columbus’ voyage in 1493 and ends with the 1872 re-election of President Grant) as well as a short list of important inventions and discoveries. The rare accompanying text includes questions for students of history utilizing the Chart.
Lyman’s historical chart is an interesting pedagogical tool and reference for the study of time and history in the nineteenth century.