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Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe. 1898 edition. READING FOR PLEASURE 1830 - 1860 33 Boys' Own Book of Natural History (1860). It was only with difficulty that Routledge was able to meet the demand for Common Objects of the Country, which was printed in an edition of 100,000 copies, all of which were sold by the end of the first week. For many years this latter book was in continuous demand. The significance of these sales is realized when it is understood that in the field of adult publishing in the 19th century, the disposal of 50,000 copies in one year placed a book in the "best seller" class.

The assessable value of the libraries varied enormously from SCHOOL LIBRARIES 1830 - 1850 41 one school to another although intangible influences of particular books on individuals could be as potent in a poorly stocked library as in a well considered, numerically adequate selection. It was desirable of course that the size and relevance of collections should be related to the numbers and needs of children. S. libraries ranged in size from 100 to 200 or more volumes, mainly of a religious nature.

It is reasonable to suggest that the growth of libraries in schools from 1831 was related to the more general spirit of educational and social reform which prevailed in this country during the years immediately following the Parliamentary Reform Act of 1832. Day schools were not the only places which possessed libraries for the use of children. Many Sunday schools contained collec­ tions. S. address to the public on the establishment of libraries in 1832 referred as much to their formation in Sunday schools as in day schools, and it was regarded as quite as SCHOOL LIBRARIES 1 8 3 0 - 1850 43 important to promote the cause of education in the former as in the latter.

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