The Boy's Own was a British story paper aimed at young and teenage boys, published from 1879 to 1967. The idea for the publication was first raised in 1878 by the Religious Tract Society as a means to encourage younger children to read, also to instil Christian morals during their formative years. The first issue went on sale on January 19, 1879; in addition to bound volumes of the magazine a number of annuals were printed.
This particular annual is clearly dated on the title page. Covered in dark green cloth, with a red, white, black and pale terracotta embossed picture of rugby players on the front, a picture of an Arab riding a camel on the spine. The front end papers have separated from the spine and block, the whole of the spine is exposed but stitching and webbing remains intact. Text block edges are age toned, there are bumps to corners and edges of the boards. There are numerous illustrations throughout, some in glorious colour. Opposite page 199 is a 5- leaf fold out illustrative chart "Cap Badges of the Territorial Forces" which has partly split down the middle fold, but remains complete, bold and colourful. Other notable illustrations or fold outs include the richly coloured "Types of our Empire's Defenders", "Discipline", the vivid "Police of the World" and "A Summer Gale". "The Captive" facing page 665 has had half of the picture removed. "The Game of Scout Tracking" that should face page 271 is absent.
Packed with articles, pastimes and stories, it should be noted that this book was published in an era when attitudes towards race, culture and equality of any kind were very different from the better informed and enlightened outlook that we hopefully share nowadays, therefore it is possible that some of the contents of the book may offend some people, including tales of hunting wildlife, gung-ho military tales or odd attitudes towards 'foreigners' similar to those in original 'Biggles' stories. It is of its time.