It's a children's book, home made in 1894. It contains many educational devices which are still found in quality childrens books today.
A page is devoted to each letter of the alphabet showing three simple and everyday words beginning with that letter and also showing a drawing of each item. For example the letter "I" is exemplified by Ivy, Ink and Iron.
William Harrison (1881 - 1923) made it when aged just 13 for his niece Maggie Harrison who lived in Argyle Terrace, Twerton on Avon,England. William, although born in England was apparently living in Australia at the time he made the book and it contains images of Australiana in addition to things which would have been familiar to Maggie.
The quality of lettering and illustration produced by a 13 year old boy is absolutely astounding.
Unsurprisingly, William Harrison went on to a significant career as Art Director and later advertising manager for Wunderlich Limited.
Other examples of his work in the PHM collection are:
- This set of 1896 Christmas cards he sent to his nieces Maggie and Kathleen
- A set of hand drawn designs for Wunderlich Ceilings from 1907 - 1909.
- A watercolour painting by Harrison of a house, circa 1920.
The treasure though is Maggie's ABC book.