Lectures on the Heathen Gods. Adapted to the School Room. By the author of "Insect History."

[Hatchard; Hamilton, Adams & Co.; Seacome; Chester, Cheshire; provincial printing; nineteenth-century children's books; Victorian education]
Publication details: 
London: J. Hatchard and Son, 107, Piccadilly; Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row: and J. Seacome, Chester. 1840. [T. Thomas, Printer, Eastgate Street, Chester.]
SKU: 6770

12mo: viii + 412 pp. Errata slip tipped in at rear. In original brown cloth boards with title in gilt on green leather label on spine. A tight copy, with occasional light foxing, in worn boards. Inscribed on the ffep to 'The Rev G. B. Blomfield With the authors Respects'. Only three copies on COPAC (Glasgow, Liverpool and Nottingham). The author is infuriatingly elusive: his or her other known works are 'Easy stories: for the amusement and information of children of four and five years old' (1831), 'Stories from natural history; for young children' (1832) and 'Insect histories; for children of eight or ten years old' (1833). The lectures are addressed to 'Arthur, a boy in his thirteenth year' and his 'sister Emily', 'two years younger than himself', by their 'excellent mother', the volume's dedicatee. Blomfield was Canon of Chester, and the book would seem to be the work of a Cheshire clergyman with an interest in natural history.