1898 · London
A collection of games for the drawing-room, schoolroom, playground, and nursery; although, the author notes that these classifications "make no claim to be scientific, and [have] been adopted . . . simply as most convenient for practical purposes."
The games are illustrated with small wood engravings showing children at play, as well as diagrams and charts required for the games. The endpapers feature illustrated advertisements.
Evidence of Readership: The first 29 "drawing-room games" have been numbered with pencil by a child. The maze games have been solved in pencil.
Provenance: On front pastedown, the signature of F.H. Roberts. The initials "EYW" are on the front free endpaper.
WorldCat has located four copies, all of which are in the U.K. Publisher's blue-green cloth with black lettering to spine and front board, decoration of cards, chess pieces, and other game pieces stamped in black on front board, publisher's name and emblem on rear board; boards very faded with small spots of discoloration, stray pen mark to rear board, corners bumped, spine slightly rubbed. Finger smudges to two pages, several leaves with light creasing. A sweet book, clearly once loved! (Inventory #: 38325)