EVERY-DAY WONDERS OF BODILY LIFE; First Part. Breathing, Blood, Digestion, Food and Nerves. Fifth Thousand. London: Jarrold and Sons, 12, Paternoster Row. n.d. but ca.
ca. 1862. Three parts in one volume, continuously paginated, 12mo; pp. 32, with 16 small wood-engraved illustratios; pp. [ii] part title, 33 - 62, with 12 small wood engravings numbered 17 - 32; pp. [ii] part title, 63 - 90, with 10 wood engravings numbered 33 - 42; lightly foxed throughout, with very small dink affecting upper margins at gutter; disbound. Uncommon later edition of this appealing educational work for children by Anne Bullar (1813-1856). According to COPAC, the date of the first edition appears uncertain, though we believe that it was first published anonymously in 1850 under the variant title ‘Every-day wonders; or, facts in physiology which all should know’, and which was a number of works written anonymously by Bullar and published by John van Voorst. A publisher’s advertisement for Voorst found in Paley’s 1858 second edition of ‘A Manual of Gothic Mouldings’, ascribes this to be her from her pen, together with ‘Domestic Scenes in Greenland and Iceland’ (1844), ‘England before the Norman Conquest’ (1851), and ‘Sunday Book for the Young’ (1855) - none of which are ascribed to her by COPAC. This seemingly later edition, is now fully ascribed to her. Other issues appear to have been available to purchase as separate parts. The present copy, is indeed divided into three distinct parts, each with a separate part title-page, and is paginated continuously: 1. Breathing, blood, digestion, food, and nerves; 2. Bones, the muscles, and skin; and 3. The teeth, the eye, the ear, feeling, tasting, smelling. It appears that at some point these individual parts have been bound together here, although the original binding is no longer present. An incomplete copy located at the Wellcome Library, suggests that this may have been issued under the banner of the Ladies Sanitary Association as part of their Popular Tracts on Health, and the individual parts bound in wrappers.
Bibliography: No copy of this variant located, with other variants found at Cambridge, Glasgow, the British Library, King’s College and the Wellcome.