Books to about 1890, not turn of the century books, not early examples of picture books; depending on a style of embossed covers, brown, yellow or steel engraved endpapers.
A simply beautiful little gift book, containing la Belle au bois dormant; le Petit chaperon rouge, la Barbe-bleu, le Maitre chat, les Fees, Cendrillon, Riquet a la houppe, le Petit Poucet, Peau d'ane, les Souhaits ridicules, l'Adroite Princess. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD
"A patchwork of story and song" a long fantasy involving two children and the strange characters. Beautifully coloured plates, still very bright. Frances and Thomas (Tom Hood) were the children of the poet Thomas Hood the Elder. They collaborated on a series of young children's books.
Amy Dudley, aged 6, asks her mother how she and trees and sheep can all grow. By an author of books on travel who later wrote Distant Cousins and How do I Know? in the same format. Two charming pictures. In Catalogue 21.
A large unruly family in an Irish castle and their run-ins with the estate agent, based on the author's own childhood. Well ahead of its time in the breadth of its setting, this book remained popular into the 20th century. Flora Shaw (1852 - 1929) became a very well known international journalist. A funny book that is still a delight to read.. (Note the review of Treasure Island, first appearing as a book in 1883, in the catalogue.)
"All good chil-dren set more by books than by sugar-plums or toys." The first four pages are children's games, including an interesting view of boys playing cricket, at that time a popular sport in the eastern US; then we have a bad boy with a gun setting out to kill birds. Then some bad boys who set a fire in a field: "a poor sheep, how-ev-er came a-long, and seem-ed to en-joy it ver-y much." The one cent toy books continued: My second... etc, and also some individual stories. NOTE: This book has been sold.
12 stories and poems somehow fit into this pretty little book, small enough to fit in a pocket. Includes a reprint of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "The Tea Rose" (1842), poems by Alice Carey, a story about a little girl and her grandmother by Catherine Sinclair, Lillia's Grieve from Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life.
Contains Little Totty (a Thumbelina tale), Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack and Jill, stories and illustrations which appeared in other bindings. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD
Somewhere between Alice and Mrs. Piggle-wiggle ... the little boys visit a land of ninnies, children who are forced to misbehave as much as they once wished, but who will never grow up, finnininnies, dinnininnies, etc. "The very youngest children will revel in its quaint pictures and the strange and amusing happenings of the two little boys who went up the chimney to Fairyland." Publisher's Weekly 9/29/1894. Apparently so, these are scarce. The very imaginative plates and drawings by one artist are well presented but not credited.
The father of this little family "had been broken up of employment" and so they moved near to his new job. The details of how they found a little brown house in the country, fixed it up, and became part of the community draw the reader in. Really a very sweet book, by a prolific author for little and middle-aged children.
A governess, falsely accused of stealing from her employer, bears the burden of the injustice and finally dies. Not as much about teaching as one would hope, but really lovely engravings in this story. Also a fascinating catalogue of Illustrated Books suitable for Presents and Distribution, most morally improving, also a page on "The Children's Friend" and a page of many illustrated handbills with large reproductions of the illustrations.