This item consists of six 1868 or 1869 Prints from Sanford and Merton in Words of One Syllable written by Mary Godolphin and published by McLoughlin Bros. Mary Godolphin was a pseudonym for English writer Lucy Aikin (1781-1864), who wrote books to assist young readers in poetry, letter writing, and life; biographies; and one work of fiction. Under her pseudonym, she produced versions of Pilgrim's Progress, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, Aesop's Fables and Sandford and Merton "in Words of One Syllable." The original version of Sandford and Merton was written by Thomas Day in the late 18th century and was a best selling children's book of its time. It is an assemblage of stories that follow the reformation of Tommy Merton from a spoiled six year old to a virtuous gentleman, based on the educational and philosophical tenets espoused by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. These 8.5" high by 6.75" wide prints are by an unknown illustrator. Chromolithographed in rich colors, the prints show: Tom being saved from a bull; the squire dragged by his horse; the bear being caught by Mr. Barlow; Tom being saved from a snake; Tom owning his faults and becoming friends with Hal; and Hal and Tom resting by the Fire in the poor Dame's Cottage. The date is not published in the book but has been historically determined to be about 1868/1869. Five of these 1868 or 1869 Prints from Sanford and Merton in Words of One Syllable are in very good condition with some staining along the borders. The sixth print is missing its bottom left hand corner, including the word "Tom's" at the beginning of the caption. All six prints have their original colors.