Lessons on Shells, As Given to Children Between the Ages of Eight and Ten, in a Pestalozzian School, At Cheam, Surrey
Victorian era science text for children. Features everything a child could want to learn (arguably much more) about seashells. Main format is questions and answers eg. "Teacher: Of what use do you suppose shells to be? Child. They must be a defence and protection to the animals which they cover." Also provides descriptive info and questions for further study. While the text would be quite advanced for a ten year old today, it is a fine representation of how a well-educated child was prepared for the study of his or her natural environment. Even includes poetry on the Limpet attaching itself to a rock: "We wonder that such strength should dwell, In such a small and simple shell!" (p. 123).
Publisher: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley
Edition: Third Edition
Date Published: 1846
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xiii, 228 p. + plates and 16 p. of ads. 18 cm cloth hardcover binding. 10 plates bound at rear. Cloth binding probably once a purple colour, now much faded. Corners bumped and spine ends a little soft. Ink inscription from 1904 on front free endpaper and small label on front pastedown. A little foxing to plates.