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    S. O. Beeton (editor). The Boy's Own Volume of Fact, Fiction, History, and Adventure. Christmas, 1865. London: S. O. Beeton, 248, Strand, W.C., Christmas, 1865. Octavo, pp. 544, profusely illustrated with full-page illustrations on inserted plates and smaller illustrations and diagrams in the text, original decorated cloth stamped in gold and blind. Some plates darkened, rubbing to cloth, corner tips and spine ends, generally very good.

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    A semiannual publisher's bind-up, designed as a gift book for Christmas (another was issued at Midsummer) of THE BOY'S OWN MAGAZINE, a 92-page monthly that ran from 1855 to 1874. The miscellaneous contents (as indicated by the title) are typical of both mid-Victorian journals and gift books. Most of the fiction is serialized novels, with an emphasis in this case, naturally, on adventure. Fiction in the present volume includes parts of Francis Davenant's HUBERT ELLIS, A. W. Drayson's INGONYAMA THE CAFFRE CHIEF, and James Greenwood's SILAS THE CONJUROR. The nonfiction articles (on mechanics and zoology) have a serious tone -- also typical of the strong popular interest of the period in scientific developments.

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