# 40254

"PARLEY, Peter" [i.e. Samuel Griswold GOODRICH (1793-1860)]

Parley’s Child’s Own Library

  • Sold

London : Darton & Clark, 1846 – 47. Publisher’s fitted wooden cabinet, 185 x 205 mm, plus lettered pediment title-piece, glass-fronted door with lock (lacking the key), crack to back panel, containing ten duodecimo volumes, each in publisher’s blind-embossed cloth (spines slightly faded), gilt titles and decorations to spines, each 170 – 200 pages, engraved title pages, wood-engraved vignette illustrations by S. Williams, hand-coloured maps; a fine set.

A charming miniature cased library for the Victorian child, filled with volumes of moral improvement and exotic travels, including one volume on Australia with a particularly distasteful description of the Aboriginal population of New South Wales.

The titles are:

  • Inquisitive Jack and his Aunt Mary
  • Wit Bought or, The Life and Adventures of Robert Merry
  • Persevere and Prosper or, The Siberian Sable-Hunter
  • The Adventures of Dick Boldhero in Search of his Uncle or, Danger and Difficulties Overcome
  • The Travels and Adventures of Thomas Trotter, as told by himself
  • Cheerful Cherry, or Make the Best of It with other Tales
  • What to Do and How to Do It, or Morals and Manners taught by examples.
  • Tales about Europe
  • Tales about America and Australia
  • Tales about Asia and Africa

The volume Inquisitive Jack contains a charming contemporary gift inscription ‘Rachel Louise Buston. Given to her in a glazed case enclosing ten similar volumes including this one for being a very good girl during a very nice visit to Ham House & for often coming to read to me which she did very nicely – June 16, 1851. Sam Gurney‘.

Samuel Gurney (1786–1856) was an English banker and philanthropist from the Gurney family of Norwich. He had a number of considerable business and charitable interests, including prison reform, the free state of Liberia, the anti-slavery movement and the building of hospitals. Samuel Gurney’s wife died at Ham House, Essex, on 14 February 1855, with Samuel relocating to Nice in mourning. He died in Paris on 5 June 1856, at the age of 69.

A rare collection with an interesting provenance.