Autumn Illustrations – A Picture of Autumn

Autumn Illustrations – A Picture of Autumn

A Picture of Autumn – 10 Beautiful Autumn Illustrations from Vintage Children’s Books The Autumn Equinox is upon us. We love this time of year, the changing of the colours to auburns and oranges, rouge sunsets […]

Never Forget a Birthday Again: A Picture Birthday-Book

Never Forget a Birthday Again: A Picture Birthday-Book

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‘A Picture Birthday-Book for Boys and Girls’ contains daily quotes by Frank Cole. In addition to this, many beautiful watercolour illustration are given throughout by Margaret Tarrant. This delightful birthday book was originally published in 1915. Quotations from Cole include: […]

Puss in Boots – and Other Very Clever Cats

Puss in Boots – and Other Very Clever Cats

  The tales in this book are enhanced by the addition of over 50 stunning illustrations by talented artists from the Golden Age of Illustration. Illustrations from  Walter Crane, Charles Robinson, W. Heath Robinson, Margaret Tarrant and many […]

Hansel and Gretel – and Other Siblings Forsaken in Forests

Hansel and Gretel – and Other Siblings Forsaken in Forests

The Hansel and Gretel Story – and Other Siblings Forsaken in Forests Our Book of the Month for November is Hansel and Gretel – and Other Siblings Forsaken in Forests from our beloved Origins of Fairy Tales […]

The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland

The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland

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  The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland – Celebrating 150 years As you’ll see from the illustrations in this book there is so much more to the story of Alice’s illustrators than just John Tenniel however. Alice […]

Top 5 Saddest, Gruesome and Dark Tales for Halloween

Top 5 Saddest, Gruesome and Dark Tales for Halloween

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Top 5 Saddest, Darkest and Most Gruesome Tales for Halloween For this year’s Halloween we’ve picked out 5 of some of the saddest, darkest and most gruesome tales from some of our favourite books written and […]

Bluebeard – And Other Mysterious Men with Even Stranger Facial Hair

Bluebeard – And Other Mysterious Men with Even Stranger Facial Hair

This book contains seven different versions of the story of Bluebeard from around the world. Fairy tales and folktales included:  Adam and Eve (A Hebrew Tale) from the book of Genesis (2:4 – 3:24) Conomor and […]

Arthur Rackham’s ‘A Dish of Apples’ for National Apple Day

Arthur Rackham’s ‘A Dish of Apples’ for National Apple Day

Arthur Rackham’s ‘A Dish of Apples’ for National Apple Day It’s National Apple Day! To celebrate we’re sharing Arthur Rackham‘s beautiful illustrations from Eden Phillpott’s delightful book A Dish of Apples. We’ve also added our favourite […]

Rumpelstiltskin – And Other Angry Imps with Rather Unusual Names

Rumpelstiltskin – And Other Angry Imps with Rather Unusual Names

Rumpelstiltskin is a tale of primarily European heritage, dating back to at least the sixteenth century. The story has been studied by many folklorists, the most notable of which has been Edward Clodd, who produced an […]

Beauty and the Beast – and other tales of love in unexpected places.

Beauty and the Beast – and other tales of love in unexpected places.

  ” Beauty and the Beast has a fascinating history, first starting with Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve (1695 – 1755). Villeneuve’s La Belle et La Bête was an original piece of storytelling, first published in La […]

Favourite 5 – Arthur Rackham’s Illustrated Children’s Books.

Favourite 5 – Arthur Rackham’s Illustrated Children’s Books.

Favourite 5 -Arthur Rackham Illustrated Children’s Books Happy Birthday, Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Today, 19th September, marks Arthur Rackham’s birthday. He is considered one of the leading illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration and is one […]

Illustrator Louis Rhead dies after Long Struggle with a 30-pound Turtle

Illustrator Louis Rhead dies after Long Struggle with a 30-pound Turtle

  Louis Rhead was an American artist, author, and angler who grew up in Etruria, Staffordshire, England, who died on the 29th July in 1926. His death was somewhat unusual. He died from a heart attack […]