January 25, 2023

Today in History: Rare Children’s Books

Last Updated on January 25, 2022

Today in History–March 13–the Library of Congress features rare children’s books. Someone wrote “Enoch Brooks’ Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789″ in permanent ink in a Library of Congress copy of a rare children’s Bible: A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible published by Isaiah ThomasLearn more about this early American printer and literature publisher by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a selection of the children’s books available from the digitized materials from the Library’s Rare Book & Special Collections Division.

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A Apple Pie A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway. London; New York: F. Warne, [1900].
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The Arabian nights: their best-known tales The Arabian nights: Their Best-Known Tales / Edited By Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith ; illustrated By Maxfield Parrish. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1909.
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The Baby's Own Aesop The Baby’s Own Aesop: Being the Fables Condensed in Rhyme, With Portable Morals Pictorially Pointed / By Walter Crane. Engraved and Printed in Colours By Edmund Evans. London; New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1887.
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Ballad of the Lost Hare Ballad of the Lost Hare/ By Margaret Sidney [pseud.]. Boston: D. Lothrop, c1882.
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Baseball A B C. Baseball A B C. New York: McLoughlin Bros., c1885.
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Billedbo til Jonas Drewsen [Billedbog til Jonas Drewsen/compiled by Hans christian Andersen and A.L. Drewsen.] [Kjøbenhavn, ca. 1862]
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The book of the cat : with facsimiles of drawings in colour The Book of the Cat: With Facsimiles of Drawings In Colour / By Elisabeth F. Bonsall; and With Stories and Verses Written for the Pictures By Mabel Humphrey. New York: Fredrick A. Stokes Co., 1903.
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Bright Wits Bright-Wits, Prince of Mogadore / Burren Loughlin and L.L. Flood. New York; Boston: H.M. Caldwell Co., c1909.
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The Cheerful Cricket The Cheerful Cricket and Others / Jeannette Marks; Illustrated By Edith Brown.Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1907.
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Children of Our Town Children of Our Town / Pictured By E. Mars and M. H. Squire; With Verses By Carolyn Wells. New York : R.H. Russell, [c1902].
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A Child's Garden of Verses A Child’s Garden of Verses / By Robert Louis Stevenson; Illustrated by Charles Robinson. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1895.
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The Children's Object Book The Children’s Object Book. London; New York: F. Warne & Co., [188-?].
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol / By Charles Dickens; With Illustrations by A. C. Michael.
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, [1911].
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The Circus Procession The Circus Procession. N.Y. [i.e. New York]: McLoughlin Bro’s., c1888.
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The Complete Collection of Pictures and Songs The Complete Collection of Pictures & Songs / By Randolph Caldecott; Engraved and Printed By Edmund Evans; With a Preface By Austin Dobson.
London; New York: G. Routledge and Sons, 1887.
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A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, Represented with Emblematical Figures, for the Amusement of Youth: Designed Chiefly to Familiarize Tender Age, in a Pleasing and Diverting Manner, with Early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures. The first Worcester edition. [Worcester]: Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts, by Isaiah Thomas and sold … at his bookstore, 1788
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The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin / From Original Designs By H.L. Stephens. New-York: Hurd & Houghton, 1865.
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Denslow's Humpty Dumpty Denslow’s Humpty Dumpty / Adapted and Illustrated by W.W. Denslow.
New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., 1903.
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Denslow's Mother Goose: Being the Old Familiar Rhymes and Jingles of Mother Goose Denslow’s Mother Goose: Being the Old Familiar Rhymes and Jingles of Mother Goose / Edited and Illustrated by W.W. Denslow. New York: McClure, Phillips, 1901.
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Denslow's Three Bears Denslow’s Three Bears /Adapted and Illustrated By W.W. Denslow. New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., 1903.
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Fables Choisies pour les Enfants Fables Choisies pour les Enfants et Illustrées Par B. de Monvel / La Fontaine. Paris: Plon-Nourrit & Cie, Imprimeurs-éditeurs, [1888].
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Gobolinks, or Shadow-Pictures for Young and Old Gobolinks, or Shadow-Pictures for Young and Old/ By Ruth McEnery Stuart and Albert Bigelow Paine. New York: The Century Co., 1896.
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The Grasshopper Stories The Grasshopper Stories / by Elizabeth Davis Leavitt; With Illustrations By Maude Dewey Doan. [S.l. : s.n.], c1912 (Jacksonville, Ill.: Henderson & DePew, printers).
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Grosses bêtes & petites bêtes Grosses bêtes & petites bêtes: [l’arche de Noé] / images et texte par André-Hellé. Paris : Tolmer & Cie, 13 quai d’Anjou, [1912]
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Ivory Hornbook [Ivory hornbook] [realia]. [England : s.n., 18–]. 1 hornbook : ivory ; 12 x 7 cm.
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Jimmy Crow Jimmy Crow / By Edith Francis Foster. Boston: Dana Estes & Co., c1902.
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King Winter King Winter. Hamburg: Gustav W. Seitz, [ca. 1859].
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Little Ann and Other Poems / By Jane and Ann Taylor; Illustrated by Kate Greenaway; Printed in Colours By Edmund Evans. London; New York: George Routledge & Sons, [1883].
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Little Songs of Long Ago Little Songs of Long Ago: More Old Nursery Rhymes / the Original Tunes Harmonized By Alfred Moffat; Illustrated By H. Willebeek Le Mair. London: Augener: For the Book Trade, A. & C. Black; New-York: G. Schirmer, c1912.
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London town London Town / Designed and Illustrated By Thos. Crane & Ellen Houghton. London; New York: Marcus Ward & Co., [1883].
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Mary's Little Lamb Mary’s Little Lamb: a Picture Guessing Story for Little Children: With 500 Pictures By the Author / By Edith Francis Foster. Salem, Mass.: S.E. Cassino, c1903.
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Mother Goose Finger Plays Mother Goose Finger Plays / Selected and Adapted By Irene Margaret Cullison. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co., [1915].
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My Very First Little German Book My Very First Little German Book. New York, Hodder & Stoughton [19–?].
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Our Flag Our Flag: Its History and Changes From 1620 to 1896. 2d ed. New Haven, Conn., Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1896.
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Our Old Nursery Rhymes Our Old Nursery Rhymes / the Original Tunes Harmonized by Alfred Moffat; Illustrated By H. Willebeek Le Mair. London: Augener; New-York: G. Schirmer, c1911.
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The Pied Piper of Hamlin The Pied Piper of Hamelin / By Robert Browning; Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. London; New York: Frederick Warne and Co., [1910].
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A Little Pretty Pocket-Book

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, Intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly / Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts. By Isaiah Thomas, and Sold, Wholesale and Retail, at His Bookstore, 1787.
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The Raven The Raven / By Edgar Allan Poe; Illustrated By Gustave Doré; With comment By Edmund C. Stedman. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884.
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Le Corbeau Le Corbeau = The Raven: Poëme / Par Edgar Poe; Traduction Française de Stéphane Mallarmé; Avec Illustrations Par Édouard Manet. Paris: R. Lesclide, 1875.
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The Rocket Book The Rocket Book / By Peter Newell. New York: Harper & Brothers, c1912.
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden / By Frances Hodgson Burnett. New York: F.A. Stokes, 1911.
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The Slant Book The Slant Book / by Peter Newell. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910.
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The Song of Sixpence Picture Book The Song of Sixpence Picture Book: Containing Sing a Song of Sixpence, Princess Belle Etoile, An Alphabet of Old Friends / With the Original Coloured Designs by Walter Crane, including a Preface and Other Embellishments. London; New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, [1909].
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The Square Book of Animals The Square Book of Animals / By William Nicholson; Rhymes By Arthur Waugh. New York: R. H. Russell, 1900, c1899.
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Stories from Hands Andersen Stories From Hans Andersen / With Illustrations By Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [c1911].
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The Story of the Three Little Pigs The Story of the Three Little Pigs / With Drawings By L. Leslie Brooke.
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The Twelve Magic Changlings The Twelve Magic Changelings / By M.A. Glen. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., c1907.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin for Children Uncle Tom’s Cabin for Children / By Harriet Beecher Stowe; Adapted By Helen Ring Robinson; designed By W.M. Rhoads. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Co., [c1908].
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Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements / de Ch. M. Widor; Illustrations Par M.B. de Monvel. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie, [191-].
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A visit from Saint Nicholas A Visit From Saint Nicholas. Illustrated From Drawings By F.O.C. Darley. New York, J. G. Gregory, c1862.
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William Tell told again William Tell Told Again / By P.G. Wodehouse; With Illustrations In colour By Philip Dadd, Described In Verse By John W. Houghton. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904.
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A wonder book for girls & boys A Wonder Book For Girls & Boys / By Nathaniel Hawthorne; with 60 designs By Walter Crane. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1893, c1892.
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The wonderful wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / By L. Frank Baum; With Pictures by W.W. Denslow. Chicago; New York: G.M. Hill Co., 1900, c1899.
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