Below is a small selection of some of my favourite antiquarian books which span just over 100 years from 1800 to the Edwardian periods. They range in size from the miniature Regency books of 3 inches tall to the giant Dictionary that weighs several kilograms. As far as childrens books were concerned during the Regency period children were still working in the mines and elsewhere in the workforce, but by 1880s were required to attend school and hence books were being published specifically for children; illustrators such as Caldecott and Crane being employed to illustrate and decorate. Indeed Sunday School could be said to be where my whole interest in old books started, when I inherited my Grandmother’s Sunday School prizes from the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Bristol.
c1800 The Book of Beasts. Miniature Paper Chapbook, one of the earliest forms of books for children.
1820 The poems of William Cowper. Two volumes bound in green leather, includes John Gilpin who rode to Ware on a horse he couldn't control.
1855 History of the Conquest of Peru. With a preliminary view of the early Inca Civilisation. 2 volumes with marbled board covers.
1892 A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls . Book decorations by Walter Crane, Co Founder of the arts and crafts movement, with his namesake motif on the front over. .
1880 Randolph Caldecott's Picture Book for Children No 2. Gloriously light hearted in tone and colour, full of Victorian period details ; includes John Gilpin by Cowper .
1907 The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens. A Christmas title bound in sumptuous white leather with ornate gilt design .
1914 Corners of Grey Old Gardens . With distinctive wraparound cover design by Jessie King, which is hand tinted,
1914 The Fords of Hilton Langley. Late Edwardian fiction for children ; full of skating on frozen rivers with muffs .
1916 The Rainbow by D H Lawrence The blandest of books to look at but found in a mixed auction lot which is a First US Edition
1931 hench Websters' Dictionary complete with finger holds, printed on India Paper.
1937 Book of Mystery .Fortune telling by cards & hands signed by the famous gypsy Petulengro
1949 Mathematical Recreations. A school prize for a sixth form maths nerd.
1967 The Magic Roundabout : Dougal and the cheeky Rabbit. Nostalgia trip to the world of Florence, Dougal, Brian and Zebedee.
1972 The Little Wood Duck. Bought after seeing Brian Wildsmiths vibrant and appealing original illustrations at the Illustration Cupboard, Picadilly.,
1974 The Sick Cow who says bow-wow and not moo, signed by author and illustrator the late Val Biro of Gumndrop fame.
If you have books to dispose of or would like advice on please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description and some overview photos.