The Dartons: Publishers of Educational Aids Pastimes & Juvenile Ephemera 1787-1876. A Bibliographic Checklist. Together with a description of the Darton Archive as held by the Cotsen Childrens Library Princeton University & a brief history of printed teaching aids.
Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2009. Large 4to, 521 pp. profusely illustrated in colour. Beige cloth, illustrated dust jacket. New. An important and fascinating work. Jill Shefrin already has a reputation for original research and meticulous scholarship. In this marvelous volume she has given us more, providing evidence for a previously unrecorded market in nineteenth-century teaching aids for both home education and schools. She has brought together over 2000 teaching aids produced by the Darton firms of booksellers between 1787 and 1876. Her details checklist includes table games, dissected puzzles, alphabet pastimes, writing sheets, and, especially, print and maps for the infant school market. - Iona Opie
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