Title: Tuktuke Boi [The Pretty Book]
Author: Female author, anonymous.
Publisher: G.N. Halder, 63, College Street, Calcutta.
Printer: Printed by K. Dutt at Hare Press, 46, Bechu Chatterjee’s Street, Calcutta.
Date & edition: 1900
Price: 4 annas
About the book: An alphabet book, made enticing for little readers with rhymes and pictures.
Illustrations: The volume is dotted with illustrations and nearly every item is matched with a visual part. The combination of red and green used for the verbal texts and the block illustrations respectively add to the appeal of the book. Some of the blocks seem to have been procured from abroad.
Note: The title page verso announces a forthcoming book - Natun Boi [The New Book] - by the same author and from the same publisher. The advertisement draws attention to the high quality paper and the abundance of colourful pictures used for both Tuktuke Boi and the following Natun Boi. It claims that though these have come at a cost to the publisher, nonetheless, he would consider his money and efforts well spent if these pretty and attractive volumes would make their little readers happy.
Imperfect, front and back covers wanting.
Genre: Alphabet Book/Primer
Source: Chaitanya Library, Kolkata.
Shelfmark: Sa 216
1. Title page
2. Illustration: “Ghum Parano”