(Case 11, nos. 282-291)
Juvenilia give us some of the most useful insights into the trades of the 18th and early 19th centuries, as they assume ignorance on the part of the reader and therefore reveal details that might otherwise have seemed too obvious to record. A more difficult question is the audience for the books and ‘cabinets’ of trades which proliferated from the mid-18th century. Prefaces and title pages insisted that the books enabled parents to place their children knowledgeably as apprentices. However, the quality of the books suggests that it is more likely that they were read by upper-class children in order that they should understand the ways in which things they took for granted in their daily lives were made. Authors often also took the opportunity to draw moral lessons.