December 6, 2011, by Andrew Burden

6 December: the Christmas Tree for all young people

Today’s featured item from Manuscripts and Special Collections is an illustrated copy of George F Pardon’s The Christmas Tree for all Young People (London, 1857).

The book was originally designed for the amusement and instruction of all young people at Christmas. As with other items in the Briggs Collection, its cover illustrates the 19th century use of decorated bindings to add appeal for young readers.

Below is a digitised version of one of the book’s most festive chapters for you to enjoy – no matter how old you are. The story is entitled ‘Our Christmas at Home’ and tells of a family’s first Christmas tree, as well as incorporating other festive themes like charity and togetherness:

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If you can’t view the above media, try this PDF version.

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