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Deacon, E

Odds & ends.

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Odds and ends

Physical Description:
1 v. ([29] p.) ; 19 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1201.42 .D43 1836
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Archives & Manuscripts
Pen and brown ink.
Stitched into blue paper covers. Covers pierced in a decorative pattern.
"Alice Shaw Stewart Ardgowan" stamped in blue ink on front cover.
A manuscript answer booklet for a quiz-type game. Introduction begins "My dear children - Encouraged by the pleasure you evinced when receiving my games on history and astronomy I now offer you a more simple, but I trust not altogether useless one, of 'Odds & Ends'" and is signed E. Deacon, Inverkip, Jany 1st 1836 at end. The question cards originally intended to accompany the game are not present. The booklet includes a preface, 2 pages of rules, and 27 pages setting out the answers to 40 questions. Each player is to be dealt 4 cards, of which one is forfeited for each incorrect answer. Primary subjects of the trivia include astronomy, geometry, and zoology, with most of the answers containing concise lessons in an encyclopedic style; for example, "The Manis is a native of India, where it is generally called the Pangolin ... The negroes kill this animal with blows of a stick, sell the skin to Europeans, and eat the flesh, which is white, and esteemed a delicacy by the natives;" and, "Playing cards were invented for the amusement of Charles 6th of France, who was insane during the greater part of his reign. The four suits it is supposed were intended to represent the four classes of people."
Subject Terms:
Children's questions and answers -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Educational games -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Questions and answers -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Shaw Stewart, Alice -- Stamp.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.

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