This is one of three annuals published by Thomas Nelson and Sons for children of different ages. The Jolly Book was for the oldest age group: it was said by Nelson's that it was
dear to the heart of Boys and Girls from nine to twelve years. The Nursery Book was for the youngest children while The Chummy Book was advertised for children who can just read, so from 4 to 8 years old.
The Jolly Book contained a selection of stories or extracts from stories already published by Thomas Nelson and 16 colour plates, all printed on glossy card on one side only and bound in, each between 8 pages of text printed on rough paper. One of the colour plates in this Annual was by Blampied for a poem called
The Strange Case of Uncle (see below).
Bibliography code: NEL-21.6
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons
Series: The Jolly Book
Binding: printed boards backed with printed cloth
Size: 261 x 204 mm
Cover: signed Blam [Edmund Blampied]
Dust jacket: not seen, but probably had one
Internal illustrations: Page 5 (Contents), line drawing from Blam's Book of Fun; page 73, an original full page colour illustration printed on glossy paper signed Blam.
Source of illustration: Blam's Book of Fun.
Price: 5 shillings
Printing history: 12th Year
Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers
Notes: This Annual contained an original illustration, found nowhere else (see below).
Cover of book Blampied (click to enlarge)
Illustration by Blampied to verse (click to enlarge)