The booklet illustrated is an aid to learning for children, but also for adults. It included multiplication tables, fractions, simple rules in mental arithmetic, squares, square roots and trigonometry, but much, much more.
It appeared as a 30-page booklet in Victorian times and was later expanded to 64 pages, being updated into the 1950s. We know this as all versions had a list of Kings and Queens, starting with William the Conqueror. Early editions finished with Queen Victoria and later ones with Elizabeth II.
Amongst the many subjects covered were wallpapering, the Great War, hay and straw measures, converting rupees to pounds, astronomical tables, Jewish weights, measures and money.
At a time before calculators the books would have been a great help to children, but also as a handy reference book. Now they give a valuable insight into the past of our country. The books are available second hand