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Around the world for youth
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Creator : Aspin, Jehoshaphat
Source : Cosmorama: a view of the costumes and peculiarities of all nations
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Harris
Date of creation : [1826]
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : The Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1995
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For the 'stay-at-home' traveller, the 19th century saw the publication of a great many world geographies, in which the reader was transported to all the known countries. The books were also an important element in the education of the children of the middle and upper classes, extending their knowledge beyond the borders of their own country.

An overview of each country's climate, productions and cities was provided. There was still a fascination with the exotic islands of the Pacific Ocean most of which had only been discovered by Europeans from the 1760s. The lifestyles of the peoples of the Pacific were meticulously recorded by many explorers.

In Aspin's Cosmorama there are 18 plates, each of which contain four illustrations of the inhabitants of the countries discussed. There is no illustration of an Australian. Australia and Tasmania are contained within the section on Asia. This copy is delicately hand-coloured.

Aspin wrote at least seven books for children and youth and a number of other works, including astrology cards and maps. Jehoshaphat Aspin is believed to be a non-de-plume for an unidentified woman.

Period : Pre-1836
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