Ellen Adams' Sunday School prize

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This is not a bible. It is a book of Sunday Half Hours, short stories, given to Ellen Adams as a prize for regular attendance at Oxendon in 1879. The book is about 8x5 inches, and about an inch thick, with a dark green hard back cover, which is embossed and the lettering filled with gold colouring. The front cover is loose, but attached. The really intriguing aspect of the gift is that the book was published by James Sangster, of Paternoster Row in London. (There is no publication date.) And inscription to Ellen is handwritten to Ellen by Jessie S Sangster. It is tempting to think that she was part of the publisher's family and she was using his stock. The first pages before the title page contain adverts for a range of children's religious books, including this one. There is a picture on every page. I have not managed to track Ellen's family yet, but will keep looking.

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