It was published for mothers to teach their children how to think, speak and count when aged between two and seven. The German version was released in 1848 and proved influential.
This French version, priced at £850, was released in 1850 and features hand-coloured wood-engraved plates on tinted xylographic grounds. An English version appeared in several variations before 1920 under the title The New Picture Book.
Edification features 45 recent acquisitions all around the theme of education, such as children’s books, illustrated works and ‘how-to’ guides.