A History of Children's Reading and Literature by Alec Ellis and G. Chandler (Auth.)

By Alec Ellis and G. Chandler (Auth.)

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Matthew Arnold in his report for 1867 quoted a piece of doggerel which he had found in a book for pupils in Standard V which included : She is a rich and rare land. Oh ! she is a fresh and fair land. She is a dear and rare land. This native land of mine. HCRL—E 52 A HISTORY OF CHILDREN'S READING AND LITERATURE No men than hers are braver, The women's hearts ne'er waver; Fd freely die to save her And think my lot divine. She's not a dull or cold land. No, she's a warm and bold land; Oh ! she's a true and old land.

1858). Copies of older works were available at prices ranging from is. for Gulliver's Travels, Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, and Mrs. Trimmer's The History of the Robins, to 3s. 6d. for the Simpkin edition of Sandford and Merton (1853) and 2s. for the Bohn edition (1860). ). Simms and Mclntyre's Parlour Library included a wide range of books at is. 6d. each. Throughout this period the section of the population which became increasingly literate after 1833 was only able to purchase new books at a considerable self-sacrifice, but the cheap reprints published after 1850 were available in small quantities, at least in times of low unemployment.

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