19th c

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!

$135.00

 

22476 Reward of Merit four cards Greenaway

Reward of Merit Cards, set of four tiny cards by Kate Greenaway. circa 1890, Children's walk in winter.

Very sweet little children, warmly dressed in muffs and scarves and giant hats, take a winter walk with a compliant puppy. Tiny little cards that came to us in a small, darkening Brentano's envelope post 1905 at least. On the envelope, handwritten in ink, "4 honor cards by Kate Greenaway, about 1890, not recorded in Spielmann". (but  they are in Schuster #293, picture pg 200 and Thompson p 296.) The maroon bonnets are identical to those in the Schuster images. The pictures may be familiar because a coloured plate was included in the Kate Greenaway Birthday Book (Routledge 1880).

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$85.00

 

22469 Frisk and his Flock, Mrs Sanford 1877/1876

Frisk and His Flock. Mrs. Sanford, 1877/1876.

This is a school story, and Frisk is a school dog who takes the children's safety and promptness seriously. It describes the daily life of one of those small town 19th c schools run by educated women by subscription, schools which are none the less open to those in need. The teacher guides the children's moral growth tactfully and their recitations are accompanied by thoughtful questioning and extensions, as they learn at their own pace. If they have been diligent, the last hour of the day is reserved for projects and reading aloud. After school, the children can run down to the river, or go on pleasant walks and wagon rides, before returning home for the chores needed to help their families. In short, an idyllic situation, with a gifted and beloved teacher.

Miss Agatha guides the children toward helping the white poor of the village in a dignified way, so it is a shock to see the unspoken racial prejudices and the gently patronizing customs toward people of colour held by liberal New England society intrude on this scene. Mrs. Sanford was the eldest of 10 children in an Episcopalian minister's family, and the wife of a minister, with 6 children herself, so she knows children's inner feelings well. A good writer, very popular in her day, whose books were often beautifully produced, like this one.

$55.00

 

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

$95.00

 

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.

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$110.00

 

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.

$450.00

 

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.
   

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$55.00

 

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.

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$120.00

 

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.

$14.00

 

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.

$65.00

 

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