1857 · London
Every parent knows that children want amusement at home; and to provide that amusement — innocent, harmless, and easy of attainment — has been the aim of the projectors of this little book."
When in need of a little entertainment, consider fireside games like hide and seek or the cat and the mouse! George Frederick Pardon advises his Victorian audience on fun pastimes for children, from mechanical puzzles to charades and "parlour magic." Pardon (1824–84) frequently wrote handbooks on card games, chess, and billiards using the pseudonym "Captain Crawley," in addition to the "Uncle George" pseudonym he used here.
The engraved, black-and-white frontispiece (with tissue guard) featuring families indulging in "parlour pastimes" was done by => the Brothers Dalziel.
Binding: Publisher's textured green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine; front board has stylized gilt lettering and a gilt vignette of a child entertaining a crowd of sitting children, with corner lily decorations in blind. The rear board design is identical but all in blind. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her name inked on front free endpaper. Binding as above; spine darkened, corners bumped, boards dirtied, with embossed lettering on the rear board pencil-filled by a childish hand. Small spot of webbing exposed at hinges; light finger smudging to several pages. Clearly cherished and often consulted by children for its many amusements. (Inventory #: 38185)