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To all the Little Masters and to all the Little Misses

Bibliography: Exhibits 1-4

Boreman, Thomas (fl. 1730-1743)
The gigantick history of the two famous giants : and other curiosities in Guildhall, London.
Third edition, corrected. [London] : Printed for Tho. Boreman ..., 1741.
2 vols : Illustrated with woodcuts ; 7 cm. Vol. 2: 2nd ed. with title: The gigantick history, volume the second, which completes the history of Guildhall, London, with other curious matters. With woodcut frontispieces.
ESTC n17950 (vol. 1); ESTC t208034 (vol. 2)
Inscribed on v. 1: "Wm. Fawssett May 17 1746" and on v. 2: "Wm. Fawssett May 17 1750".
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Gigantick History - click for full image

Pinchard, Elizabeth Sibthorpe
The blind child, or, Anecdotes of the Wyndham family : Written for the use of young people. By a lady.
3rd ed.
London : Printed for E. Newbery, 1795.
[2] p. : Illustrated with copper engraved frontispiece ; 18 cm. (12mo).
Osborne Coll. p. 289; ESTC t84633.
This copy is inscribed in an adult hand: "Isabella Broome, the gift of Miss Buckle, March 1798."
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Janeway, James (1636?-1674)
Janeway's Token for children : being an exact account of the conversion, holy and exemplary lives, and joyful deaths of several young children.
3rd ed.
London : Printed for the Religious Tract Society, and sold by J. Davis ..., J. Nisbet ..., [ca. 1830]
128 p. ; 11 cm.
Janeway's Token for Children was first published in 1672 as a Puritan religious work, but went on to become one of the most popular religious books for children throughout the 19th century. The many examples of "joyful deaths" would not be considered suitable for children nowadays, but were perfectly acceptable and considered good examples throughout the 19th century. The stories were intended to convert young children from their sinful ways.
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On the Death of Janetta Hazard : who departed this life in her 19th year.
Philadelphia : Walters and Ford, 1839.
8 p.; 10 cm. Illustrated by identical wood engraving on title page and at head of text.
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  On the Death of Janetta Hazard - click for full image  
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