From the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library
The books in this collection were originally published prior to 1911. These facsimiles were reproduced in 1981 by the Japanese publisher, Holp Shuppan.
The thirty-five titles selected for reproduction represent each printing and literary stage in the development of illustrated early English books for children. A discussion of the historical significance of each book as well as a background of printing production and techniques may be found in the accompanying volume, English Illustrated Books for Children, edited by Margaret C. Maloney. This book is located in the S-Collection reference section under the call number, S.820.54 EN53.
Indicated below are the dates of the original publication. Some of these titles may also be found in the original printing in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Online Library Catalog should be consulted for the original printing and other editions. Volumes in the facsimile collection may be located by title or by the series, Osborn collection of early children's books.
The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls. B. H. Upton, illustrated by Florence K. Upton. 1895.
The Alphabet of Old Friends. Illustrated by Walter Crane. 1875.
The Babes in the Woods. Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. 1879.
The Baby's Own Aesop. Illustrated by Walter Crane. 1887.
The Birth-day Gift or the Joy of a New Doll. Elizabeth B. Upton. 1796.
A Book of Nonsense. Edward Lear. 1875.
The Butterfly's Ball, and the Grasshopper's Feast. William Roscoe, illustrated by William Mulready. 1807.
The Death and Burial of Cock Robin. William Darton. 1806.
Diamonds and Toads or Humility Rewarded, and Pride Punished. 1810.
The Diverting History of John Gilpin. William Cowper. 1878.
The Dog's Dinner Party. 1870.
The Gallant History of Bevis of Southampton. Illustrated by Frederick Taylor. 1845.
Goody Two Shoes. 1766.
Hop-O'my-Thumb and the Seven-League Boots. Edited and illustrated by George Cruikshank. 1853.
In Fairy Land. A Series of Pictures From the Elf World. Richard Doyle. 1870.
Jack and Jill and Old Dame Gill. 1830.
Kate Greenaway's Calendar for 1884. 1883.
A Mournful Ditty of the Death of Fair Rosamond. Illustrated by John Absolon. 1845.
The Moving Adventures of Old Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat. William and Thomas Darton. 1807.
The New Game of the Mansion of Bliss. T. Newton. 1810.
The New Picture Book Being Pictorial Lessons on Form, Comparison, and Number, for Children under Seven Years of Age. Nicholas Bohny. 1858.
A New Years Gift for Little Masters and Misses. Thomas Bewick. 1777.
The Nursery Alice. C. L. Dodgson, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. 1889.
The Ocean and Its Inhabitants, with Their Uses to Man. Samuel Clark. 1844.
Old Nurse's Book of Rhymes, Jingles and Ditties. Edited and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett. 1858.
Orbis Sensualium Pictus. J. A. Comenius. 1777.
The Peacock "At Home." Catherine Ann Dorsett, illustrated by William Mulready. 1808.
Puss in Boots. Illustrated by Walter Crane. 1897.
Scripture Histories From the Creation of the World, to the Death of Jesus Christ. 1825.
Sing-Song. Christina G. Rossetti, illustrated by Arthur Hughes. 1872.
The Sweet and Pleasant History of Patient Grissel. Edited by William J. Thomas, illustrated by John Franklin. 1845.
The Traditional Faery Tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Bean Stalk. Felix Summerly (Sir Henry Cole). 1845.
Under the Window. Kate Greenaway. 1878.
A Visit to the Bazaar. 1818.