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The Dartons: A Bibliographical Checklist

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.  By Jill Shefrin. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2009.  522 pp.  284 color illustrations.
Full linen binding with color dustjacket.  Printed mailing folder.


This bibliographical checklist of the educational aids and pastimes published by the Darton firms at Gracechurch Street and at Holborn Hill, brings together for the first time the rich diversity of teaching pastimes and ephemera issued by the print trades in this period. A companion volume to the late Lawrence Darton’s checklist of the books published by his family’s firms, it was undertaken by Jill Shefrin at his request. The scholarly apparatus includes additions to his checklist of the books, a concordance of identifiers to his checklist and those to the Cotsen collection, and a description of the Darton Archive now held by the Cotsen Children’s Library as well as historical background on printed teaching aids.

About the author:

Jill Shefrin is a rare book librarian, consultant and scholar in the field of historical children’s books and education. Her research focuses on the use of pastimes in early modern and nineteenth-century education, particularly for girls, and she has published and lectured extensively on educational ephemera. She has authored two other Cotsen Occasional Press publications, “Neatly Dissected, for the Instruction of Young Ladies & Gentlemen in the Knowledge of Geography”: John Spilsbury & Early Dissected Puzzles (1999) and “Such Constant Affectionate Care”: Lady Charlotte Finch, Royal Governess to the Children of George III  (2003), as well as numerous articles. Co-organizer of the conference ‘Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain’ at Cambridge University in 2005 and co-editor of Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain (Ashgate, 2009), Ms Shefrin teaches the Children’s Books course at the University of London Rare Books Summer School.

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