1975 · New York
Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, as Charles Ryskamp observes in his preface, 'attempts to show us, by word and by picture, how and where children's literature originated and which kinds of stories were chosen for children — and by children — over the centuries. We follow the tales which became popular, see how they were often initially illustrated by crude woodcuts, and how they might later be transformed by the drawings, watercolors, or engravings of great artists. This is not a history of children's literature; it is a selection of masterpieces or milestones from the past two thousand years of books and pictures which either were intended for children or which before long became their special property.'"
Provenance: On front front pastedown, a bookplate of bibliographer and librarian Gavin D.R. Bridson. His signature appears in pencil on the front free endpaper.
This is a heavy book and will require an increased shipping charge. Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine, top edge stained (light) red; spine-ends faded, corners lightly bumped. In original blue pictorial dust jacket; extremities chipped with minor loss, spine lightly sunned, a few stray pen marks to front panel, lightly rubbed overall. Faint crease to front free endpaper, one small spot of soiling to interior, otherwise bright. This is a heavy book and will require and increased shipping charge. (Inventory #: 38603)