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Robinson, Mary Hester, 1832–1904
Charades, enigmas, riddles, and acrostics.
England, 1861.
Physical Description:
2 v. ; 12 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6371.R63 C43 1861
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Mary Hester Robinson (1832-1904) was born Mary Hester Orme, daughter of Reverend E.H. Orme. She married George Robinson (1828-1892) in 1860. They had six children: Henrietta Gertrude (1861-1937), Frances Mary (1862-1915), Alice Emily (1863-1939), Lucy Winifred (1865-1952), Lilian Susanna (1866-1942), and George Hunter (1868-1957). The family name was changed to Garnett-Orme in the 1880s, with an armorial crest being granted as well. The Garnett-Ormes lived at Tarn House, in Skipton.
Volume 1 bound in black diced calf, with gilt edges, and an original brass clasp. Volume 2 bound in gilt-stamped plum morocco, with gilt edges; bears the label of Love & Barton, booksellers, 12 Market Street, Manchester.
Collection of charades, enigmas, riddles, and acrostics, in manuscript, compiled by Mary Hester Robinson, of Skipton, England. Neither volume is titled, but the first bears Robinson's name, and is dated 1861. The second volume is a near copy of the first (in content, but not in the layout of the pages). Through item 287, the word puzzles in each volume appear to be identical; after 287, they vary. Volume 1 contains 333 puzzles (on 239 pages); volume 2 contains 308 (on 175 pages). In both volumes, each enigma or charade is labeled and numbered, and written out carefully in pen and black ink. Answers to all items are recorded at the back of each volume.
The most frequent (or lengthy) entries are the enigmas and charades, many running to several stanzas. Sources, when identified, are noted at the conclusion of each puzzle. Some enigmas are based on wordplay, some are mathematical puzzles, and others are humorous riddles. One in particular, numbered 14, is labeled a "Prize Enigma," and a five-pound reward is noted at top right of the page. Also present are a number of single-line riddles, and a small number of double acrostics.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Robinson, Mary Hester, 1832-1904.
Wit and humor -- English.
Word puzzles and games.

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