|Short description:||Webster publishes 1st book of "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language".|
|Medium description:||First of Noah Webster's 3 part "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language" It was retitled 'The American Spelling Book' in 1787. It sold much better than the 2nd and 3rd parts.|
At the time of its writing Webster had yet to be convinced of the need for spelling reform and so it contains none of the spelling changes that he was to promote so vigorously later.
Webster produced an updated edition in 1804 with some of his spelling changes included. He produced a new version in 1829, entitled 'The Elementary Spelling Book' which was to become known as 'blue-black speller'.
[Piercy states 1783 for the original and 1790 for the retitled American Spelling Book edition]
[Crystal (2012) talks only of Webster "[i]n 1783 ....publish[ing] a textboook which would become the standard introduction for generations of young American readers: The American Spelling Book"]