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  • A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense was first published in 1846 under the pseudonym ‘Derry down Derry’. The limericks and i...

  • A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson, 1832–1898) made his name with his Alice books in the 1860s, but also wrote on popular ma...

  • A Token for Children

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    13 children die within the pages of this children’s book. It’s perhaps hard to imagine the appeal for children of accoun...

  • Aesop’s Fables

    Printed book Created date: 1578

    Believed to have been a slave in Ancient Greece, little is known for certain about the life of Aesop. The stories attrib...

  • Aesop’s Fables printed by William Caxton, 1484

    Printed book

    This book contains a life of Aesop and his numerous fables, translated and printed by William Caxton in 1484 and illustr...

  • 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', the original ma...

    Manuscript, Fair copy, Artwork, Image Created date: 1862-64

    Reverend Charles Dodgson was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1856 when he first met Alice Liddell and he...

  • At the back of the North Wind

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    At the Back of the North Wind was a mid-Victorian blend of fantasy, reality and moralising by the Scottish author and Ch...

  • Black Beauty

    Printed book, Children's book

    Anna Sewell’s novel, told in the voice of Black Beauty himself, was first published just before Christmas 1877. Original...

  • 'Blind-man's buff' from Punch

    Periodical, Illustration, Image

    This famous illustration by John Tenniel shows a policeman wearing a blindfold that also covers his ears and nose, flail...

  • Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby, by the Cambridge history professor, the Rev. Charles Kingsley (1819–1875...

  • Children's illustrated edition of Gulliver's Trave...

    Book, Illustration, Image

    First written in 1726, and altered in 1735, Gulliver’s Travels is a classic of social satire. Using the format of the se...

  • Divine Songs: Attempted in Easy Language for the U...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Isaac Watts’s collection of moral songs for children was first published in 1715. For the next 150 years, it was one of ...

  • Dr Rosenbach at Glaslough with Alice in Wonderland...

    Illustration Created date: 28 April 1928

    Dr A.S.W Rosenbach, a well-known bookseller and collector, visited his friend, Anglo-Irish author Shane Leslie, on 28 Ap...

  • First publication of 'Twinkle, twinkle, little sta...

    Book, Children's book

    ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ is such a familiar rhyme for children, that we often forget the fact that it has a named ...

  • Flowers of Instruction

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Mary Elliott, née Belson, (1794-1870) was one of a number of late 18th- and early 19th-century writers, mainly wo...