Charles Dickens’s three-volume 125,000-word children’s history, A Child’s History of England, was first published serially from 1851-1853 in his journal Household Words in 39 parts. The first bound editions of this work were published in three separate volumes by Dickens’s publishers of the day, Bradbury and Evans (released 1852-1854). The first editions of A Child’s History were sold and marketed as Christmas gift books—ornate duodecimo volumes, featuring an illustrated, gold-embossed cover, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers and edges, a specially arranged “Table of Dates”, and an elaborate frontispiece illustrated by F. W. Topham.
Volume I, England from Ancient Times, to the Death of King John, was published 20 December, 1851; Volume II, England from the Reign of Henry
Citation: Stein, Katherine. "A Child's History of England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7216, accessed 06 December 2023.]