The Dartons, Publishers of Educational Aids Pastimes & Juvenile Ephemera, 1787 – 1876: A Bibliographical Checklist. Together with a description of the Darton Archive as held by the Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton University Libray & A brief history of printed teaching aids.

Los Angeles: Costson Occasional Press, 2009,

First Edition. large quarto, cloth in dust jacket. 522 pp. Costson Occasional Press, Item #26585

Winner of the Justin G. Schiller Prize (Bibliographical Society of America) and the F.J. Harvey Darton Award (Children's Books History Society). Nominated for the International Bibliographical Prize (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers). Catalogue of alphabets tiles, battledores, block puzzles, cards, jigsaw puzzles, educational aids, board games, maps, map samplers, pictures sheets, scrolls and writing sheets published by the Darton firms. With a history and vade mecum of teaching aids and pastimes. Companion volume to Lawrence Darton, The Dartons: An Annotated Check-list of Children's Books Issued by Two Publishing Houses 1787-1876. Focusing on the output of a single publishing family, this lavishly illustrated volume brings together for the first time the rich diversity of teaching pastimes and ephemera issued by the print trades in this period. It offers a picture of a little explored chapter in the history of publishing for children in England through a comprehensive bibliographic record of the material culture of education as issued by one family of booksellers. William Darton and his son (also William) were among the busiest and most prolific publishers of children's books in the early nineteenth century. Their books were the subject of a massive bibliography by their descendant Lawrence Darton, published in 2004. But that work excluded the Dartons' educational games, toys and teaching aids. In this successor volume Jill Shefrin has documented the family's massive involvement in another juvenile market. Finding the ephemeral objects issued by the Dartons and describing them in such meticulous detail has been the work of some seven years delving among private and public collections on two continents and, as Iona Opie says, Jill Shefrin's marvelous volume is not only important for its new insights but fascinating as well. It will be a valuable tool both for historians of children's books, and for scholars of education and culture. With 284 color illustrations. Design and typography by Patrick Reagh and Patty Holden. Very fine, without flaw.

Price: $175.00