Five Centuries of Childhood: 1497-1897
. Justin G. Schiller, Ltd. . NY
Z999.J87F58 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The title continues: "A Selection of Two Hundred Important Collectible Children's Books, Manuscripts and Related Drawings; References and Juvenilia." I had worked so much with Schiller's earlier "Realms of Childhood," published in 1983, that I was delighted to learn that he had done another catalogue of available books from the history of children's literature. That simple fact is quite remarkable: that a dealer could offer 200 books important in the history of this segment of literature. We do not have to have an eye on buying these books to appreciate their descriptions! This catalogue is like the first: extremely helpful for the particular interests of this collection. Important items here for the fable-watcher are #33, 36, 39, 70, 112, and 167. Among these I am most familiar with #36 on the sculptures at Versailles; #39 by Dodsley; a printing block from Bewick in #70; and Calder's Aesop in #167. That means that I will be looking vigorously into #33 and #112. Would it be too extravagant to say that they belong in this collection?