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  • Gammer G's Garland

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Joseph Ritson, who commissioned William Blake to create the engravings for the Collection of English Songs (1784), had t...

  • Hodgson's Fashionable Dream Book

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    Dream books purported to reveal the meanings of dreams, and were extremely popular in the 19th century. They often came...

  • Little Red Riding Hood, 1810

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Little Red Riding Hood is perhaps one of the best known fairy tales. Like most European fairy tales, its origins lie wit...

  • Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Book, Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    Robert Louis Stevenson created the words and illustrations for his Moral Emblems  while he was staying in the mountain r...

  • Signor Topsy-Turvy's Wonderful Magic Lantern; or, ...

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Signor Topsy-Turvy's Wonderful Magic Lantern is a more sophisticated version of the ‘world-turned-upside-down’ texts wh...

  • The Child's New Spelling Primer

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    For centuries learning to read was closely associated with religious education; the main objective being to teach childr...

  • The Dreamer's Oracle

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    Dream books, purporting to reveal the meanings of dreams, were extremely popular in the 19th century. They were often pu...

  • The Dreamer's Sure Guide

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    A dream interpretation book from the 19th century, primarily aimed at women readers.

  • The Groans of the Gallows

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    This is an angry account of the life of William Calcraft (1800–1879), who for 45 years served as the official Executione...

  • The History of Blue Beard

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    La Barbe bleue or The History of Blue Beard is a centuries-old fairytale. It tells the story of a murderous husband name...

  • The History of Jacky Jingle

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The market for inexpensive children’s reading material grew in the early 1830s as affluence and literacy increased. This...

  • 'The Italian Boy': early journalism by Charles Dic...

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    This chapbook describes a brutal crime that occurred in London in 1831, a 'copy-cat' murder following upon those of the ...

  • The New Universal Dream-book

    Chapbook, Illustration, Image

    Mysticism and fortune-telling were popular subjects for the publishing industry in the early 1800s. This slim book, publ...

  • The Plymouth tragedy

    Chapbook, Games and toys, Illustration, Image

    The Plymouth tragedy was printed in London in around 1778. Its subtitle tells us that is ‘a full and particular account ...

  • The Prettiest Book for Children

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The Prettiest Book for Children (1770) is an early example of a fantasy story written specifically for children, designe...