The Full title is - "The young man's companion, or, Youth's instructor : being a guide to the various branches of useful knowledge : including English grammar, writing, arithmetic, geography, astronomy, history, biography, chronology : to which are added the elements of natural philosophy, illustrated in an easy manner ; the whole comprising a summary of those studies which are most important and interesting, and calculated to prepare the youthful mind for every station in life". This is a fascinating book, which ran to many editions in the early nineteenth century. There are twelve sections - English Grammar, Reading and Writing,Arithmetic, Geography, Astronomy, Natural philosophy, History, Biography, Chronology,Religion, Amusements and recreations and Miscellaneous Articles..
This book has been very crudely rebound. The leather covered boards were, I surmise, totally separated and have been bound back using a piece of raw leather as a spine cover and some paper folds attached to the end pages of the text block. The outcome is not beautiful but it does seem functional. It aches to be done again, properly. The text block is intact. There is a name stamp on one of the end pages but no other marks. There is much tanning, particularly of the page edges. Many illustrations.
An utterly fascinating book!