Item #17594 True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay. Edis Children's books. Searle, pseud.
True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay.
True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay.
True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay.

True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay.

London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday... 1865. First edition. A collection of ten short stories for children seemingly themed around introducing upper-class English children to groups of people they might not be familiar with, including orphans in the Foundling Hospital (“Bessie and Tommy”), a disabled child (“The Deaf and Dumb Boy”), children in South Africa (“A Hottentot Feast”) and Sierra Leone (“Black Children”), the poor of Hamburg (“Ragged Children of Hamburg”), and native New Zealanders (“A Country Far Away”). With ten engraved plates, including frontispiece, by Thomas Bolton. Some rubbing to corners. Binding somewhat loose. Some dustsoiling to plates and facing pages. A very good copy of a scarce book. Publisher’s green cloth titled in gilt. Small octavo. 172 pp. Item #17594

The moral of each story is the importance of Christian belief. “The Deaf and Dumb Boy,” for example, describes the boy’s attempts to learn how to communicate and his delight when he finally learns about Jesus for the first time. “Black Children” begins with a scene of an English captain capturing a slave ship and freeing the children held there in Sierra Leone, with a following baptism scene that celebrates Christian missionary colonization. The story “A Hottentot Feast” recounts the observations of “an English gentleman who was traveling in South Africa some years ago” on a hippopotamus hunt and the resulting feast: “You see the Hottentots are a very dirty people, and eat all sorts of very nasty things; and so they do not care much whether the meat is well cooked or not, or whether they cut it with knives or tear it off with their fingers,” (p. 43). The story ends with the moral that, though the hippopotamus is an “ugly” animal, it is still one of God’s creations, and of “great use” to the people who subsist on it.

OCLC records only four copies (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, National Library of Scotland).

Price: $900.00