This little book is a typical late Victorian publication, designed as a little 'reminder' book where family events could be recorded briefly, and providing an inspiring text for every day of the year. It ran into a number of editions - at least 7, and this (presumed 2nd) edition is now extremely rare.
Edmund Evans (1826-1905) was a well-known British wood engraver, who produced lovely, multi-coloured children's books at reasonable (but nonetheless profitable) cost. He used a technique called Chromoxylography, which allowed for mixing just a few colours to achieve a many-coloured illustration - sometimes using ten or more blocks for a single image; it was so complex that only the most expert engravers could use it successfully. He collaborated with Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, Richard Doyle and others, to produce some of the most beloved and now-classic children's works.
Our copy is in generally good condition for its age, a very small book, bound in red cloth with dense impressed decoration (black, gilt & red) to front, back and spine, in black, with bevelled edges. All page edges gilt. There is external wear consistent with age (bumped corners, wear to top & bottom of spine, some fading/darkening here & there). Inside, the sewn binding is generally firm, though the final few pages feel slightly looser than the rest. there is no foxing. The blank interleaves contain a number of family notes, variously in ink or pencil, and the alternate leaves each have 4 framed multicoloured illustrations, each with a biblical quote, maxim, proverb or adage for the day, followed by its chapter-and-verse. A charming colour frontispiece shows a mother teaching her son the Scriptures, and the title page is nicely illuminated in four colours. Seven-page alphabetised index at rear.