Children's Books

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Children's Books

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The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Children's Book Collection reflects the long history of a public library that appreciates and collects many types of children’s literature. The Buffalo Public Library was one of the first libraries in the United States to have a separate Children’s Room in the 1890s and from those early days, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Rare Book Room has amassed a significant collection of children’s books. Presented here are a few fine examples of colorful ABC and picture books, significantly illustrated fables and fairy tales, and familiar nursery rhymes.

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A for Apple
Edward F. Ellis worked at the Buffalo Public Library at one time and, as collector, he amassed a vast collection of ABC books over the years. When he died in 1983, approximately 434 ABC books were books donated to the public library. Since 1984, the…

An Animal ABC
English book illustrator Harry B Neilson’s characters in the turn of the century Animal ABC book appear naturally undressed in the black and white pages but are wearing human clothes in all of the color illustrations.

Edward F. Ellis worked at…

Denslow's Jack and the Bean-stalk
William W. Denslow [1856-1915] illustrated his 1903 Jack and the Bean-stalk in his uniquely charming style that anyone familiar with the 1900 edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will recognize. Denslow created illustrations for newspapers,…

The Fables of Aesop, and others. With designs on wood, by Thomas Bewick.
Two selected stories from The Fables of Aesop. Illustrated by Thomas Bewick [1759-1828], the lauded naturalist illustrator, this 1818 edition of The Fables of Aesop ​is specially bound with a title page and 50 plates from an earlier 1793 London…

A Fairy Garland; Being Fairy Tales from the Old French
The Story of Fortunata, is a selection from A Fairy Garland. This signed, limited edition of A Fairy Garland; Being Fairy Tales from the Old French that is illustrated by Edmund Dulac [1882-1953] and was published in 1928 was gifted to the Buffalo &…

Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard​, re-issued by John Lane Company in 1913, was written and illustrated by Walter Crane [1845-1915]. His version of this nursery rhyme ​was first published in 1873. Crane's irreverent treatment of the classic Mother Hubbard plays…

Puss in Boots
This 1920 edition of Charles Perrault classic fairy tales, Puss in Boots, was beautifully illustrated by Julia Daniels and published in Rochester, New York, by George Sully & Co.

Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book
American artist and cartoonist John Barton Gruelle was the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.

Edward F. Ellis worked at the Buffalo Public Library at one time and, as collector, he amassed a vast collection of ABC books over the years. When…

Stories from Hans Andersen
The Emperor's New Clothes, is a selection from Stories of Hans Andersen published in New York and London in 1911. This book contains twenty eight tipped in color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac [1882-1953]. His fantastic imagery lends a dream-like…

Walter Crane's Absurd ABC
Victorian era children’s book illustrator Walter Crane entertains young readers with silly illustrations and verse in his Absurd ABC.

Edward F. Ellis worked at the Buffalo Public Library at one time and, as collector, he amassed a vast collection…
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