Facsimile Editions of Early English Children's Books from the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library. including, Crane Caldecott, ectectera, Tenniel, Lear, Greenaway, Dodgson, Cruikshank.
Facsimile Editions of Early English Children's Books from the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library
Facsimile Editions of Early English Children's Books from the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library
Facsimile Editions of Early English Children's Books from the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library

Facsimile Editions of Early English Children's Books from the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library

London: The Bodley Head. Various bindings. Thirty-five facsimile volumes in twenty-eight slipcases designed by Mitsumasa Anno. The facsimiles were produced by the Japanese specialists, Holp Shuppan, matching the paper, colour printing, and binding of the original editions produced in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. This set is fine condition except for some very minor flaws (noted below) and comes with the companion volume of commentary, and the original box with the Walter Crane illustration of Puss in Boots on the side.

Comenius, J.A. Orbis Sensualium Pictus (base of slipcase starting);
Goody Two-Shoes;
Illustrated by Thomas Bewick. A New Year's Gift for little Masters & Misses;
From papers cut by a lady (Elizabeth B Upton, Lady Templeton).The Birthday Gift;
The Death and Burial of Cock Robin;
The Moving Adventures of Old Dame Trot and her Comical Cat;
Roscoe, William. Illustrated by William Mulready. The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast;
Dorset, Catherine Ann. The Peacock "At Home";
Newton, T. The Mansion of Bliss;
Diamonds and Toads (slight crease to base of slipcase);
Scripture Histories;
Jack and Jill, and Old Dame Gill (1mm dint in folder) ;
A Visit to the Bazaar;
The Ocean and its Inhabitants (base of slipcase starting);
Edited by Felix Summerly (the pseudonymn of Sir Henry Cole). The Traditional Faery Tales;
Illustrated by Frederick Tayler. The Gallant History of Bevis of Southhampton;
Illustrated by John Absolon. A Mournful Ditty of the Death of Fair Rosamund;
Illustrated by John Franklin. Edited by William J. Thomas. The Sweet and Pleasant History of Patient Grissel;
Edited and illustrated by George Cruikshank. Hop-o'-my-Thumb and the Seven League Boots;
Edited and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett. Old Nurses Book of Rhymes, Jingles and Ditties (barely perceptible mark on top board);
Bohney, Nicholas. The New Picture Book;
The Dog's Dinner Party (4cm slight abrasion at fore edge of top board);
Doyle, Richard, with a poem by William Allingham. In Fairy Land;
Christina G. Rossetti. Sing-Song (barely perceptible mark on back board);
Illustrated by Walter Crane. The Alphabet of Old Friends;
Illustrated by Walter Crane. Puss in Boots;
Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense (1cm dint near the foot of the fore edge of slip case);
Greenaway, Kate. Under the Window (fore edge of top board slightly rubbed);
Kate Greenaway's Calendar 1884;
Cindarella;
Cowper, William,., illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. The Diverting History of John Gilpin;
Illustrated by Randoph Caldecott, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. The Babes in the Wood;
Doodgson, C.L., illustrated by Tenniel. The Nursery "Alice" (slight bump to top corner of slipcase);
Illustrated by Walter Crane. The Baby's Own Aesop;
Upton, B.H., illustrated by Florence K. Upton. The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls (small patch of foxing to fore-edge of slipcase); AND
A Descriptive Companion, English Illustrated Books for Children, edited by Margaret Crawford Maoney, Toronto Public Library. Item #841

The Osborne Collection was gifted to the Toronto Public Library in 1949 by Dr Edgar Osborne, County Librarian of Derbyshire. At the time the collection comprised some two thousand titles of books published in England up to 1910. Shortly before his death in 1978, Dr Osborne approved a plan for the reproduciton in facsimile of thrity-five books chosen to reflect the development of English illustrated books for children.

Provenance: From the library of Australian librarian and academic Geoffrey Chapman.

Price: $900.00