These little Christmas books were a recent gift to the Library from bookseller John Worthy of the Rochdale Book Company. They belonged to the library of Victor Tomlinson (1908-1996), who amassed probably the largest collection of local history material in the north of England.
The author of the books was J.A. Goodacre, a member of the Manchester Literary Club, who published papers in the society's journal as well as publishing reproductions of works of art by the old masters.
These two books, dating from 1912 and 1932, were part of a series of Christmas pamphlets published by Goodacre. They contain a curious mix of his own verses combined with reproductions of well-known paintings, as well as prose and poems by authors such as Shakespeare, Milton and Wordsworth.