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.
"Of all the Victorian tales of family life, Mrs. Ewing's have worn the best." Here are two... in the first the older brother prepares the younger ones for every possible emergency except the one which actually happens. In the second, rather normal family quarrels escalate.
Three teenagers at an informal boarding school follow the lead of a strange new arrival and disappear with him through the kitchen wall into another future.
Geraldine feels so unhappy and abandoned at school that she decides to run away, and finds her friends the carved lions. Good introduction by Gilian Avery.
10 full page illustrations in orange and black including frontis; large 8vo; xx + 274 pp including an introduction by Robert Lawson, who loved this book as a child, and Notes.
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.
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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.)
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"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.