A fine selection of antique children's books often including woodcuts, steel engravings, and hand colored illustrations.
Victorian publishers recognized the commercial potential of a strong children's readership. The growth of the middle classes, with the means to indulge their children, fuelled the luxury end of this market.
Novels were written in words of two syllables and illustrated so the young could experience what thier elders were reading. New fables were written and old renewed. Color illustrations, shaped books, puzzles all were added. Religious groups too recognized this and many of the books had a religious theme.
We must take some liberties here in the Children’s section due to the high demand for quality children’s books from all eras.
Children's book collecting has grown in the last few years. Much because the books our grandparents read as a child, we read as a child and our children are reading them even now. New releases are growing in desirability and will become the collectables of the future, because your children’s children will begin reading what your children are reading.
I am often told: “I don’t remember the name of the book, but it had a picture of a rabbit and a dog chasing each other around a tree.” Or any of a hundred descriptions just like this. With the story writers came the illustrators, and the illustrations in children’s books are fabulous. Remember the child pointing at the picture, as you read the story to them? It was the picture that held their rapt attention.
To purchase one of these fine books
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Rundell, J B
One Man Wallopem
Margaret Ellen Gibbs
Hollis and Carter