The Girls Own Book. Originally published in 1834 Lydia Marie Child, the book's author, spent the early part of her literary career writing guides for domestic and family life. The book was reprinted numerous times in the 19th century. This copy is reproduced from an edition contained in the library at Old Sturbridge Village. 288 pages.
The Boys Own Book was first published in Boston in 1829 and is a guide to children's entertainment. This book is full of great advice on many "minor sports and pastimes," includes swimming, fishing and archery as well as invaluable ho-to instructions on everything from learning sign language, to making a pea shooter or a kite or kaleidoscope. There are math, logic, and word games, science experiments, card tricks, and even strategies for winning checkers. 316 pages.
Both volumes are sure to be an invaluable addition to any family's bookshelf.
Soft Cover Measures 4.5" x 5.5"