1900 · London
From husband and wife Edward Verrall (E.V.) and Elizabeth Lucas, => 200 Victorian games and pastimes for children, so that the question "'What shall we do now?' may come to be put less frequently." Writing games, garden games, fun for the train, and bedtime games are a few of the activities the Lucases suggest for children in need of entertainment. George Morrow (1869–1955) provides most of the illustrations accompanying the text; an (unsigned) ex-libris illustration by "F.D.B." (most likely F.D. Bedford) precedes the half-title.
E.V. Lucas (1868–1938) was a highly prolific English writer and humorist whose 30-year career at Punch saw him produce short essays, novels, plays and more. He and his wife, Elizabeth, also a writer, created several children's books together, such as this one.
Binding: Publisher's light green cloth with gilt lettering to spine, spine and front board decorated with dark green vertical lines, gilt lettering and dark green lettering to front board within dark green-bordered boxes, top edge gilt.
Provenance: On front pastedown, the bookplate of Gladys Mary Perks. An inscription to Perks from "her loving father" dated 1900 is on the front flyleaf. Bound as above, spine cocked, extremities rubbed and boards lightly stained; front hinge (inside) cracked, offsetting to front free endpaper, minimal mild foxing (fore-edges most affected) and some creased corners. A nice look at how Victorian children were encouraged to entertain themselves. (Inventory #: 38221)