SEELEY, JACKSON, & HALLIDAY, S. W. Partridge & Co.
Quarto (225 x 170 mm.), full contemporary cloth, with ornate blind panelling and decoration, gilt title and date on upper board, blind embossed title to spine, light wear. With ornate half title and illustration on the verso, ornate title page in original colour, twelve monthly issues for the year 1873, complete with 7 county maps of Somerset, Rutland, Worcestershire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. In good condition.
The ‘Children’s Friend’ was a monthly periodical issued for the entertainment and education of children. It was first published in 1867 and the first issue with a map appeared in March 1868 with one of Anglesea and Holyhead. The maps themselves are simple with only the basic features of main towns and rivers. The rest of the page is taken up with a children’s picture puzzle. By deciphering the pictures a description of the county is revealed. The solution was published a month later. This is an example of volume 13 with issue numbers 145-156 and includes 7 English county maps as listed above. The last year in which it was published appears to by 1890. Some of the earlier maps in the series bear the initials J.P. Provenance: with small ink stamp of Birmingham Polytechnic on title margin. Batten & Bennett (2000) 147; Carroll (1996) 128.