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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...

  • Advertisement for Tennent's Circulating Library

    Advertisement, Ephemera

    Circulating libraries first appeared in Britain in the 18th century. Over the course of the next century they transforme...

  • 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 illustrated by John Tenniel, 1848

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Lewis Carroll was so impressed by John Tenniel’s animated illustrations for this edition of Æsop’s Fables, published in ...

  • '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...

  • Bleak House first edition with illustrations

    Book, Illustration, Image

    A vast novel of urban poverty and rural splendour; a scathing portrait of the law as practised in London at the time it...

  • '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...

  • Catalogue of books from Mudie's Circulating Librar...

    Booklet

    Publishing boomed through the Victorian period, but away from the cheap populist market, books could be expensive luxury...

  • 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...

  • Consuelo by George Sand

    Book, Yellow back, Illustration, Image

    This edition of George Sand's novel Consuelo was part of the first successful series of fiction reprints in paper boards...

  • Cover to Middlemarch [Book I]

    Serial, Illustration, Image

    This is the cover of Book I of Middlemarch, entitled ‘Miss Brooke’. George Eliot’s novel was published in eight instalme...

  • 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...