Early English Children's Books

Thirty-five volumes, the complete set, of facsimile editions of English Children's Literature reproduced from the originals, all held as part of the Osborne Collection at Toronto Public Library. The set works as a guided tour from Orbis Sensualium Pictus (1777) to The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls (1895), modest productions are replaced by publisher’s cloth, colour illustrations, foldouts, all the trappings of marketing for a target audience of adults, children and a middle class family’s recreational time.
Other titles include: Little Red Riding Hood (1845), Jack and the Bean Stalk (1845),The Death and Burial of Cock Robin (1806, colour illustrations), Old Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat (1807), the elaborate Mansion of Bliss (1860), Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense (1875, 130 colour illustrations), The Babes in the Wood (1879), The Baby’s Own Aesop (1887), The Nursery Alice (1889, John Tenniel in colour), Under the Window (1878, Kate Greenaway), Sing-Song (1872, Christina Rossetti); and a small no. of the illustrators: Thomas Bewick, George Cruikshank, Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, Arthur Hughes and Florence Upton.

Publisher: The Bodley Head. Facsimile editions
Place Published: London, mostly
Combination of pictorial cloth, printed and pictorial wrappers, various sizes. All fine as issued in 27 matching printed slipcases and boxes. The thirty-five volumes


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