Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Book of Accidents.

The Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities of Yale's Beinecke Library Rare Books and Manuscripts offers The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children (1831). Amid the somewhat macabre advisories on unfortunate occurrences to the young ("Tossed by a Bull," "Falling Out of a Coach") are the still (and sadly) relevant ("Playing with Fire-Arms," "A Boy Drowning").

You can read the entire book online here.

About the photo: Illustration from "Playing with Fire-Arms," The Book of Accidents (New Haven, 1831). Rare Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Library, Yale University.


Jerry House said...

Can I at least still run with scissors?

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Yes, how did that one get missed?