EVENING AMUSEMENTS IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR; being a new and purely intellectual mode of instructing and exercising youth in this important science. In three volumes.
London: W. Ball & Co, 1839. Three volumes each with the same title-page, except for the addition of either, “The Grammar,” “History of Rome,” or “Key to the History of Rome.” 43pp. 70pp. 64pp. Each volume bound in full calf, pressed to appear as shark, and with blind decoration and gilt. 12 mo. All edges gilt. Together with two sets of printed cards, 119 of 120, some on coloured papers for playing the various games. All contained in in a slipcase finished similarly to the books and designed to appear as a book. Box a little rubbed and worn, and splitting at base; the books have some light foxing; the wrappers which hold the cards are a little split;. Else an excellent set of this scarce teaching game. From the Preface: ‘The Evening Amusements consists of various sets of games, constructed on an Abridgement of The Roman History, expressly written for the purpose; whereby the learner is led, progressively, from the simplest form of expression to the more difficult combination of words in language, and, eventually, to the most difficult passages in Milton.’ Rare. OCLC records only a copy in the Osborne Library, lacking three cards. COPAC records a copy held by the Bodleian Library that appears to lack its original case.