This little volume had a very specific aim, and is one of the many such works produced by clergymen in the late 19th/early 20th century in the hope of fostering a good Christian life among their parishioners. The 'Advertisement' at the beginning of the book explains that this is a collection of subjects which might be properly discussed on Sundays during the 'half-hours when the conversation may be turned to topics which are in keeping with the time'. Suggested topics include Birthdays, The Exodus, York Minster, Bishop Ken, The Jews' Wailing-Place, Egypt, The Syrophenician Woman, Autumn and Angels. Each segment is copiously illustrated with B/W engravings, and other full-page illustrations also enhance the text. Each segment begins with an illuminated capital letter. There are poems as well as the prose text, and the whole offers a wide-ranging source of information and interest to the reader.
The author is described as having also written "'Expositions of Cartoons of Raphael' and 'Expositions of Great Pictures' etc, etc.,", but it is not clear whether these are in fact the same gentleman, as the art expert does not appear to have been a 'Reverend'. A mystery to be solved, perhaps!
The book itself is in reasonable condition for its (probable) age - there is no date of publication. but an ink-written inscription on the free fep is dated 1948, and there is an apparently much earlier one on the inside of the front cover. Bound in blue cloth, it is decorated on the front and spine with black and silver illustrations, and the title in gilt. All corners are bumped but not frankly damaged; there is shelf wear to top and bottom of the spine, but again, no frank damage. No D/J (presumably as issued). Inside, the binding is generally firm, but the mesh is visible through the front endpaper. There is some minimal foxing, but the pages are generally clean and bright. At the back of the book are pages advertising other 'Pictorial' volumes produced by the publisher.