London: Dean & Son, . First edition, dated “12, 55” (December 1855) at bottom margin of lower wrapper. Copies were also printed with a later date of “8, 56” (August 1856). OCLC lists only two copies of the present 1855 edition (at the University of Michigan and the British Library) and three copies of the 1856 edition (at Yale, Princeton, and the University of Melbourne). With 22 hand-colored engravings of children at play. Some toning to wrappers. Small piece missing from rear wrapper, just slightly touching the text of the ad. First and last pages pasted down to insides of wrappers, as issued. Some toning and dust-soiling throughout, as well as a previous owner’s scribbles (mostly in pencil, some in ink) on a few pages. Ink signature of “Master E.J. Hough” on first page. One page reinforced on blank recto. Still a good, bright copy of a fragile and scarce item. Original pictorial green paper wrappers, stitched, with publisher’s ad printed on rear wrapper. 6 inches by 9 inches.  ff., printed on one side only. Item #16751
Pleasing Pastimes depicts games and activities for children with accompanying descriptive verse. The activities include playing marbles, skating, leapfrog, and fishing. The present item was published as one of the thirteen volumes in the “Brother Sunshine’s New Series” by Dean & Son. The other titles, as listed on the rear wrapper, include classics like Old Mother Hubbard, Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as slightly macabre Death & Burial of Cock Robin and various less-common titles.