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The Boy's Own Book

By Not Stated

1859

W. Kent & Co : London

7" by 5"

624

 

 

 

DETAILS

An uncommon edition of this charming encyclopedia for boys, with guides to various sports and amusements.

'The Boy's Own Book' was the inspiration for the subsequent 'Boy's Own Magazine'. The book was a contrast to the books aimed to children and boys at the time, which focused on a moral upbringing and piety. These books encouraged adventure and fun, appealing to the young boys at the time. This book focused on 'diversions', such as athletic, scientific, and recreative. Some of the subjects included in this book are marbles, indoor sports, cricket, archery, fencing, rowing, skating, pigeons, rabbits, silkworms, arithmetical amusements, electrical and magnetic amusements, chemical amusements, photography, chess, card tricks, and puzzles. Book plate to the front pastedown, 'On Bookes for to Rede is my Delyte, Ex Libris J. B. Findlay'. James B. Findlay was a celebrated author, magician, and collector. His works include 'Conjurer's Coins and Medals', 'Charles Dickens and His Magic', 'The Travels of Testot', and 'Anderson and His Theatre'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto of the front endpaper.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Light fading to the spine. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Minor rubbing to the joints, causing the spine to lift to to the head of the front joint. Small mark to the front board, with further minor marking to the boards and spine. A little light spotting to the fore edge. Book plate to the front pastedown, 'On Bookes for to Rede is my Delyte, Ex Libris J. B. Findlay'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto of the front endpaper. Evidence of former label to the recto of the front endpaper, resulting in a little loss. Evidence of prior label to the rear pastedown. Hinges are starting but firm. Internally, generally firmly bound, with light straining in places. Pages are bright and generally clean, with the odd spot and handling mark throughout, mostly to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Good

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