Boston: F. Minot, 1834. Item #442
12mo. 140 x 100 mm. (5 3/4 x 4 inches). , 31 pp. Contemporary binding of marbled paper over boards with red leather spine. Corners rubbed. Front hinge completely separated and back hinge very loose. Spine cracked.
Instructions for a memory game to help children learn the names of people in the Bible. Correct answers garner "counters" or points and those points transfer into sugar plums.
This small volume is dedicated to Mrs. Eliza Farrar with "sentiments of affection and respect." Farrar (1791-1870) spent most of her adult life in Boston and wrote books for children, her most popular work being a book of advice The Young Lady's Friend published in 1836.
It's possible this anonymously published scripture game was written by Farrar's friend Eliza Follen. Follen, a noted abolitionist, came from a prominent Boston family and also wrote for children, taking a particular interest in religious instruction. Among her other work, she edited a Sunday School publication titled the Christian Teacher's Manual from 1828-1830.
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Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, The New England Quarterly Vol. 38, No. 2, "Two Early Harvard Wives: Eliza Farrar and Eliza Follen," pp. 147-167.; Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 2., pp 601.