Knowledge Generation

8. A final example of this sort of reference book for boys is The Boys’ Own Book; A Complete Encyclopedia of All the Diversions, Athletic, Scientific, and Recreative, of Boyhood and Youth (London: Vizetelly, Branston and Co., 1828). Although no price is listed, it might be guessed that boys needing an ‘encyclopedia’ of ‘diversions’ were not running barefoot in the east end of London.