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Peter Parley’s Annual for 1866. A Christmas and New Year’s present for young people. Including almanac and diary for the year / edited by William Martin

William Martin editor

RA Collection: Book

Record number



William Martin, editor


London: William Kent & Co., 1866

Physical Description

vii, [1], 360, [24] p., [8] leaves of plates : illustrations, 7 colour plates (wood engravings) ; 20 cm.

General Note

Final [24] p. of publisher's advertisements.
Unsigned colour wood-engraved frontispiece and added colour wood-engraved title-page. Engraved plates. Wood-engravings in the text.
Part of a series published under various imprints from 1840-1892 that consisted of bound volumes of the monthly numbers of "Peter Parley's Magazine", which began publication in 1839 under the imprint of Darton and Clark. William Martin edited several numbers of the "Magazine".
Most colour wood-engraved plates are unsigned. One each is with signature: "HSM", "W. G. Mason" (i.e. possibly Walter George Mason (1820 - 1866)) and "G. Dalziel".
Most wood-engraved illustrations within the text are unsigned. Some are signed as engraved by S. Sly, Whimper, W. M. [Gel?], T. Williams, W. J. Linton, J. Knight and E. Landells. Some are also with signature: "J. C. Timbrell", "EMW", "Weir Del." and "Delangle". Several are illustrated by John Gilbert.


Preface -- The Eden of St. Margaret's -- Boys' own almanac and calendar -- Tonis ad resto mare -- The fall of Jerusalem -- Ancient sports and games -- The butcher's boy of Ipswich -- A Spanish bull fight -- The water frolic pig hunt -- Tales upon tails; or, the comical picture, and what was made of it -- Sports and games, old English and modern. No. I. -- The butcher's boy of Ipswich. Part II. -- Amusements of science -- The darling boy of England -- Henry, Prince of Wales, the reformed son -- Modern sports and games. No. II. -- The two brothers -- A boy's scamperings and exploits in the bush -- Golden hours, silver hours, and leaden hours -- "Smoke not" -- True courage -- A poetical letter -- St. Patrick's Day in the morning -- School prizes -- The cabinet drawer -- A boy's trip to Belgium, Holland, and up the Rhine -- Roast beef -- Translation of French letter in "Peter Parley's annual," 1865 -- The honest Deptford boy -- Miltiades, Cimonis Filius Atheniensis -- Pictures of the month -- Commercial addendum.

Binding Note

Publishers case binding of red ribbed morocco grain cloth over boards. Panel stamp blocked in blind on both covers and in gold on upper cover. With central roundel on upper cover featuring 4 figures playing cricket.


Illustrated periodicals
Children's stories
Colour printed wood-engraving
Children's literature -- Periodicals
Boys -- Periodicals