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[Erle, Twynihoe William]. Children’s toys, and some elementary lessons in general knowledge which they teach. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1877. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). Frontis.,  f., 292, 32 pp. (publisher's ads); illus. $95.00
A Victorian exploration of children's toys in a charming decorated binding. Written during an era of rapid scientific progress and interest, the author provides a "glance at toys in some few of their scientific aspects." The work saw a later edition with a slightly changed title: Science in the Nursery, or, Children's Toys and What They Teach. Spinning dolls, peashooters, kaleidoscopes, and kites are a few of the toys examined for their educational value.
The volume opens with => a black and white wood-engraved frontispiece signed by English engraver Edmund Evans and includes many small in-text engravings (unsigned) depicting the toys, and engraved headers for each chapter.
Binding: Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine; on the front board, black-stamped decoration of a boy blowing bubbles, surrounded by different toys (sailboat, spinning top, etc.). Striking black endpapers.
Bound as above; slightly cocked with edges lightly rubbed, some soiling to boards, and spine darkened. Partially unopened in one small section, minor gutter crack at p. 112, faint crease to one leaf corner. => An engaging copy. (37943) Please RESHELVE This.
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