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22481 Drawing for Children 1875/1830's

Drawing for Children. Miller 1875/1830's.150 cuts.

Originally published in London in the late 1830's and fascinating for its view of children's learning (4 to 5 to 10 or 12). The object was to start from a young child's perception of the whole, to correct gently if at all, and to alternate this copying with drawing from life and from the imagination. " to teach him to think and act for himself, not to teach him to imitate another." The book contains an introduction on the principles of art education, notes to the teacher on the teaching of art, notes on every individual exercise, and 150 woodcuts to copy. Most are of common objects, dogs, and cows. The rather crude drawings were intentional; perspective, foreshortening, and shading were treated only briefly at the very end. (In the 1840s large drawing copies, for use by 40 or 50 children at a time, were also published). Do you know an art teacher sheltering at home? This is the book for them!



Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling, Marion Wingrave, illustrator.

Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling.

Finelined borders surround verse tale and a lovely chromolithograph on each page showing the (never ugly) duckling set in a bucolic landscape. Some pages have borders of wild flowers. Quite beautiful, with no printer ascribed. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



The Fairy Book, J. A. Adams, illustrator, Harper and Brothers (1836)

The Fairy Book.

Twenty-seven fairy tales: traditional English, Perrault and others, with twelve translated for this volume; includes Florise, Prince Nosey, Aurora&Amy, and a very interesting introduction by "John Smith". PLEASE NOTE: This book has been sold.



21422 Rab and his Friends by Brown.

Rab and His Friends

A story of an independent and faithful dog, that revolves around Ailie, a woman of about 60 who had a breast removed without anesthetic and got up, dressed herself and curtsied to the doctor. Her eventual death caused the dogs to lose hope. The dog pictured is not Rab, but a "yellow Newfoundland" bloodhound cross of 19 who looks kind of like a mastiff. Sketches for the plates were made by four of the author's friends. This was published much later in the US.



20154 Tit Tiny and Tittens The Three White Kittens McLoughlin 1860's

Tit Tiny and Tittens.

The stories of these kittens show a less romantic view of childhood, Tittens being especially naughty. The kittens' white fur shines against the saturated black background and the deep coloured objects they happen to be playing with. A variety of flowers loved by Victorians as background..



The Last of the Huggermuggers by Cranch; Phillips, Sampson, 1856, 1st.

The Last of the Huggermuggers.

Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856."  A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well produced hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories. We also have a much loved, inexpensive first of the sequel, Kobboltozo.



Laboulaye's Last Fairy Tales Harper and Brothers, Franklin Square,  1885, 2nd Am

Laboulaye's Last Fairy Tales.

In his preface, Laboulaye notes the changes that took place over the 19th century as fairy tales became "literature". "When we were children (which was somewhere about 1820), we were presented with fairy tales at New-Year for our amusement. By whom they were written mattered little: provided they kept us still for an hour without quarreling or breaking things, the book was thought a good one and nothing more was asked of the author." Beautifully written tales in a pleasant voice, with elements drawn from his wide acquaintance. Note: This Book Has Been Sold.



Flower Legends for Children by Hilda Murray, /J. S. Eland, ill. Longmans [1901].

Flower Legends for Children.

Very short folkloric legends, Christian and classical legends, all having to do with flowers and trees: The Moss Rose, The Tulip, The Forget-me-not, The Rowan, The Aspen, illustrated  in a romantic, fluid version of Walter Crane. All illustrated on thick paper in lithos from watercolour and fine line. Note: This book has been sold.



My First Story Book.1855;[Boston, {Mass.] One cent toy books: No. 4.

My First Story Book.

"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.



Lily of the Valley. Preble. (1854 dated preface-poem)

Lily of the Valley ("Lilly" on boards) or Cousin Lill's Stories for her Pets.

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.



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