The Boy’s Own Workshop

This interesting little tome is a moralistic type of story for young boys, but instead of stimulating an interest in religion, it is written to stimulate an interest in utilitarian activity. Through the story, the child will hopefully pick up on problem solving, a positive work ethic, and on how to develop skills that will help around the household. This could easily be read as a bedtime story, then applied during quality parent-child time. And doesn’t every child need to know how to properly employ a brad-awl? Or to bore with a gimlet? Hmmm… maybe I need to read this book myself!

Abbott, Jacob. Boy’s Own Workshop or, The Young Carpenter. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, n.d., c. 1865. [5], 6-216 in navy cloth over bevelled boards with gilt- and blind-stamped title and decorations to rear (blind-stamped only), front and spine, a.e.g., charcoal eps. Small 16mo. Cover edges show heavy wear with boards exposed at corner tips, panels rubbed and somewhat soiled. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1867 inked in a beautiful hand to centre verso ffep, some transfer from frontis. to title, pages generally lightly aged with a few foxed spots on a handful of pages. An interesting text for boys written in a narrative style. Trades, Young Adult ECB10039 $45.00

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